Former Housing Minister, Dr. Mohamed Muizz has stated that it is better to continue the housing project implemented by the previous government in Gulhifalhu instead of the current government’s project to relocate Male’ commercial harbour to Gulhifalhu.
The relocation of Male’ commercial port to Gulhifalhu is the first main project initiated by the current administration to relieve congestion in Male' harbour. In that regard, the government has awarded the project to a Dutch company, Boskalis. 6 million hectares of land area will be reclaimed under the project.
Referring to the project, Dr. Muizz said wrote on Twitter that the “Vilimale’ 2” project was announced as a total solution for the housing issue faced in Maldives during the tenure of former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom. Instead of relocating a port that will once again become congested in due time, it will be more beneficial for the public to continue with the visionary solution implemented by former president Yameen, said Dr. Muizzu.
The previous administration said the project “Vilimale’ 2” will completely solve the issue of housing faced in the Male’ region. President Yameen said facilities would be established in “Vilimale’ 2” to accommodate over 315,000 people.
The former government had planned to establish apartment complexes in Gulhifalhu and to relocate Male’ commercial harbour to Thilafushi. However, the plans were changed by the current administration, and the reclamation work of Gulhifalhu has already commenced with the cabinet's approval. The parliament is currently studying the environmental impacts of the project.