The testing of some services of the new border control systems (BCS) installed by Malaysia's Nexbis Limited has commenced.
Immigration Controller Dr Mohamed Ali revealed that the taking and storing of finger print data from passengers departing from Maldives has now begun.
“From here on in, if the passenger enters the country again the person’s finger print will be verified. In addition, there won’t be the chance of a person re-entering the country on a forged passport,” Controller explained.
He further added that the main parts of installing the BCS have been completed and most of its services would be made available by next week.
“During the initial stage we will only store the information of foreigners. Then we will begin to accumulate the data of locals. At this point in time we are just taking the finger prints of foreigners leaving and entering the Maldives,” he added.
The Supreme Court earlier this month had annulled the High Court's temporary order to halt the lucrative but corruption laden BCS project and ruled that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) which filed the case had no authority to halt the project.