Area in Dhiyaneru lagoon dedicated for Harbor and Marina development has commenced its reclamation works.
Currently, Maldives does not have a designated marina for safari vessels. Therefore, they are seen anchored in Hulhumale', Male' and Gulhifalhu lagoons.
With tourism development in the Maldives, safari vessels play an important role in the industry. With the rise in safaris and yachts, the number of people earning from the business has also increased significantly. However, one of the main complaints of these traders has always been the lack of adequate services.
In order to address these complaints, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced that a harbor will be developed in Dhiyaneru Lagoon.
The National Boating Association of Maldives said the process of building a harbor for the safaris has officially started. Once the development is completed, a permanent solution will be found, the association said.
The Dhiyaneru reclamation project is handled by a Sri Lankan company, Capital Marine and Civil Construction Company Private Limited (CMC). A total of 24.6 hectares of land will be reclaimed from the Dhiyaneru lagoon under the project. On August 21, 2023, Urbanco handed over a total of 62.6 hectares of land from Dhiyaneru, Thilafushi and Hulhumale' lagoons to the CMC.
This is the beginning of accompolishing a long-standing goal and once completed, the industry will have accomplished a huge goal, the boating association said in a statement. No dedicated harbor has been developed in the Maldives so far in the 50 years since the industry started.
The lagoon will be developed with full service available. According to the government, a system for vessel refueling, providing electricity, water supply, sewerage-related services and easy waste management will be implemented.
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