- The Embassy of China partners with ARC to support children in Shelters
- MVR 240000 donated for children and people with special needs
- President assures that Govt endeavors to raise the living standards will not jeopardize independence of Maldives
- Islamic minister urges all to participate in the joyous occasion of Eid
- Gasim calls to make the happiness of Eid permanent
- President extends Eid ul-Fitr greetings
- Independence should be protected while improving economy- Home Minister
- India-Maldives ties shall attain a significant landmark in November this year- Indian High Commissioner
- Maldivian Students met Indian High Commissioner
- Greetings from the Chinese Ambassador on the Occasion of the Independence Day of Maldives and Eid ul-Fitr
- Ibrahim Nasir was an ideal defender of independence- President Yameen
- Gasim calls for sincerity and honesty
- Dua is the key to change ones condition- Anara
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.