Field works on the second phase of Hulhumale’s land reclamation project commenced early Sunday.
Speaking to Vnews, the Housing Development Corporation (HDC)’s Managing Director Ahmed Suhail said that the field works on the project began early Sunday morning.
It is also noted that Belgium contractor Jan De Nul’s dredging ship “Leiv Eiriksson” - has been brought to Hulhumale’ for the sole contribution of the project. The world-class vessel - which was brought to the Maldives from Singapore - has the capabilities to collect 40,000 cubiters of sand in one go.
Additionally, the Belgium company “Dredging International” which had been tasked with the first phase of the Hulhumale’ land reclamation project, has been tasked with the current second phase as well.
Due to various reasons, the schedule of the second phase field works had been pushed back by several days.
Aiming for an island with a population of 100,000 residents, the Hulhumale’ land reclamation project has ended its first phase with 180 hectares of land, while the second phase targets 240 hectares of land, in which 60 percent will be reserved for residential purposes, and the remaining 40 for commercial uses.
HDC estimates that it will take six months for reclamation and 16 to establish coastal protection. So the entire project will be complete sometime in 2016.
The first phase of the project - which commenced on 1997 - was aimed of the housing of 60,000 citizens.