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Further delay expected in Fuvahmulah airport development – Transport Minister
Minister of Housing, Transport and Environment Mohamed Aslam has said that he does not expect that the work on the development of an airport in Fuvahmullah will begin as scheduled. Minister said this during Question hour in People’s Majlis yesterday where he responded to a question put forward by Fuvahmulaku Uthuru constituency member Mohamed Rafeeq Hassan.
Minister Aslam that the according to the initial work plan submitted by the contractor, physical work was scheduled to start during April of this year but since they were not able to do so , a revised work plan was submitted which said that work will begin in November of this year. Minister Aslam added that he does not believe work will begin in November as the new schedule is estimating.
Minister Aslam said that a revised work plan was submitted by the contractor owing to the financial problems that they faced in the global economic downturn. He said that when the contract was signed on 6 January 2008, they had scheduled to finish airport development work by July 2010 but the revised work plan estimates that work will be finished by November 2010.
Transport Minister Aslam also said that even though the contractor had taken an advance payment USD 7 million, he does not believe that the financial situation of the contractor has improved for the contractor to begin work on the airport as scheduled.
Fuvahmulah Uthuru constituency member Mohamed Rafeeq Hassan said that it is estimated that 40 people from Fuvahmulah travel by air everyday and that they spend about MRF 5 million every year to travel to Male’ through Addu atoll.