Hulhumale’ Phase 3 land reclamation resumes

HDC resumes reclamation of Hulhumale' Phase 3 after halting the efforts temporarily following the mass coral bleaching event in the Maldives -- Photo/ HDC

Housing Development Corporation (HDC) on Monday announced it has resumed the land reclamation of Hulhumale’ Phase 3.

Capital Marine and Civil Construction (CMCC), the contractor of the reclamation project, is expected to reclaim a total of 63 hectares of land under the initiative.

Under the project launched first in September last year, a total of 23 hectares have been reclaimed so far.

The efforts were halted on the directive of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in light of the mass coral bleaching event Maldives experienced.

Following EPA approval, HDC resumed reclamation efforts for the remaining 40 hectares on Monday afternoon.

The project however, is challenged by the presence of several ships and vessels still berthed in the Phase 3 channel, which despite multiple notices, have not been relocated so far. HDC has urged owners of these vessels to relocate them immediately to avoid damaging them and hindering the reclamation efforts.

Hulhumale’ Phase 3 reclamation was launched in a bid to provide long-term housing solutions to the residents in Greater Male’ area. A series of housing flats and other accommodation options have been planned on the area.