The Government of the Maldives has signed a contract with Afcons Infrastructure LTD for the design and building of roads and a drainage system in Addu City.

This is the first contract to be signed for a project financed under the $800 million Indian Line of Credit.

Director General at the Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Fathimath Shaana Farooq signed the contract on behalf of the Maldivian government while Director of Operations at Afcons Infrastructure Ravi Prakash signed on behalf of the company.

Under the contract, Afcons Infrastructure is tasked with designing, building roads and drainage systems in Addu City which also includes a 4-lane detour link road.

Also, under the contract a storm drainage system would also be built along with a water drainage system that would cover all the islands in the city except for Feydhoo. The drainage system would run for 10 kilometers.

The project is expected to significantly resolve the flooding issue in the southern city with the contractor obliged to lay down a Cement Stabilised Base (CSB) layer before paving the roads of the city. The CSB layer would run for 60 kilometers.

Foreign Minister address the ceremony/ Photo: Foreign Ministry

Speaking the contract signing ceremony, Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid said that the signing of the 1st contract is a milestone achievement in fulfilling President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's ‘Jazeera Raajje’ vision.

He noted that Addu City is one of the major developmental hubs of the Maldives and that the development of Addu City is integral to the development of surrounding islands & atolls.