The housing ministry on Tuesday awarded an MVR13 million (US$843,000) five-month project to the state-owned Maldives Transport and Contracting Company to redevelop Malé’s eastern artificial beach.
Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muizz told the press at the agreement signing ceremony that the swimming area will be deepened and an outdoor gym, cafés, seats and open showers will be built at the beach.
Cafés and restaurants at the beach have been given notice to shut down for five months.
The government allocated MVR10 million for the project and MTCC will spend MVR3 million under its corporate social responsibility programme, he noted.
The capital’s natural beaches were lost to reclamation and shore protection over the past decades.
Muizz said the beach redevelopment is part of the current administration’s efforts to create parks and open public spaces in the densely packed city.
Agreement signed today with MTCC to redevelop Artificial Beach of Male with a modern and functional concept. Project to complete in maximum 5 months. pic.twitter.com/24RcyQvUol
— Dr.Mohamed Muizzu (@MMuizzu) May 15, 2018
MTCC has signed @HousingGovMv , Maldives today towards the development of four infrastructure projects including;
1. AA. Himandhoo Harbour
2.AA. Rasdhoo Breakwater
3. Expansion of S. Maradhoo harbour
4. Re-development of Male’ Artifificial Beach #MTCC #RayyithungeKunfuni pic.twitter.com/dq2qrpcTJe
— MTCC Plc (@MTCCPlc) May 15, 2018