President Abdulla Yameen, on Friday, announced a new project to build a bridge that would connect Male’ and Villimale’, to develop Villimale’ and provide housing for 300,000 people.
At a special ceremony held to celebrate the 53rd Independence Day of Maldives, President Yameen said a bridge will be built between the capital and Villimale’, which would be developed as “Villimale’ 2”.
Although he announced the Villimale’ development project, President Yameen did not disclose any information regarding the land reclamation or financing of the project.
President Yameen said under the project Male’, Vilimale’ and Gulhifalhu will be connected through a bridge and Villimale’ would be developed with the latest facilities to accommodate 315,000 people.
He further said that although he completed many of his pledges during his term in office, he was unable to adequately solve the housing issues in the country. However, he said, by 2030’s Independence Day, every 18-year-old will be provided with an apartment or land no smaller than 1000 square feet. If the project is successful, there would be no Maldivian without housing by then, President Yameen said.
Noting that the project was undertaken after much research and deliberation, President Yameen said the Villimale’ project along with the ‘Hiya’ project at Hulhumale’ will solve the housing issues faced by the people.
President Yameen said by the end of his first term, the Velana International Airport development project and the Male’ – Hulhule’ bridge project would both be completed. And the project to build the latest harbor port will also be initiated during this term, he said.
He said the government that came after former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s 30-year reign had brought about great harm to the State and its institutions. Describing the situation at that time, President Yameen said when he came to power in 2013, the country seemed to be ready for a civil war and stated that living outside the law had been seen as being ‘independent’ at that time.
President Yameen also said that Maldivians should be those whose consult is sought by others rather than those who only speak when given an opportunity.