Southernmost atolls ferry connection to be completed by mid-July

National Planning and Infrastructure Minister Mohammed Aslam speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Faresmaathodaa airport. | Photo: President’s Office

Faresmaathodaa – The four southernmost atolls of the Maldives will be connected by the Raajje Transport Link (RTL) by mid-July this year, Planning Minister Mohammed Aslam has assured.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Faresmaathoda Airport, the minister said the RTL ferry system would connect Gaaf Alif, Gaaf Dhaal, Fuvahmulah and Addu City. MTCC already operates ferry services between Addu City and Fuvahmulah.

The minister said preparations are underway to launch RTL services in the southernmost region of the country.

Last month, the minister also shared information in Parliament about the preparations for the launch of the RTL ferry service to the southernmost part of the country.

The RTL ferries were previously built by Gulf Craft but the work is being done by Al Shaali Marine Maldives, he said.

Minister Aslam said yesterday that the first speedboat needed to start the RTL ferry service to the south has been built and approval has been given.

The government aims to connect the entire country with the RTL ferry system by next year. MTCC was contracted to establish the system.

RTL services were launched in some northern areas last year. The service is also well received by the public.