Maldives capital to switch burials to reclaimed suburb

Government Thursday announced plans to switch burials from the congested capital Maldives to reclaimed suburb Hulhumale next month.

Islamic Ministry announced Thursday that people who pass away in the capital would now be buried in the cemetery in Hulhumale starting next month.

The ministry is also seeking private parties to provide funeral materials.

All expenses for the transportation of the deceased to Hulhumale will be covered under the universal health care scheme 'Aasandha', and the opportunity is open for those willing to arrange transportation themselves.

The deceased will be transported to Hulhumale via the airport island Hulhule by state transport company Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC).

State run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) would transport the deceased up to the ferry for MVR 60, with MVR 608 being charged for the transportation of the deceased to the Hulhumale Cemetery via the ferry.

MVR 160 will be charged for transporting the deceased in a vehicle from Hulhule.