Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muizzu Thursday claimed that the 298 housing units being constructed for the victims of Tsunami in Gaafu Alif Atoll would be completed during the year.
During the press conference held at Velaanaage press room, Muizzu stressed that the project had been significantly delayed.
“The Saudi Fund financing the project had met with us and decisions had been made with regard to the project,” Minister detailed.
According to the Housing Ministry the housing units being constructed for the people of Gaafu Alif Atoll who had their homes destroyed in the Tsunami, include 77 in Villingili, 84 in Maamendhoo, 87 in Dhaandhoo and 50 in Nilandhoo.
Housing Ministry also revealed that 60 percent of the housing units had already been completed.
Ministry also highlighted that the devaluation of the Maldivian Rufiyaa, difficulties of transportation and damages to equipment brought in for the project as reasons for the delay in completing the project.
Saudi Fund had allocated MVR220 million for the project, while discussions are currently underway to secure additional funds for the project, Housing Ministry said.
Dr Muizzu stressed that all other housing units to be constructed following the losses of homes in the Tsunami would commence this year. He added that efforts were ongoing to expedite all such projects.