Hulhumalé Central Park to be completed, land reclamation to begin next month

The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has revealed that Hulhumalé Central Park will be completed next month, while phase two of the island’s reclamation is also due to begin.

Speaking to local media, HDC Managing Director Suhail Ahmed said that the park – now under construction – will benefit the population of Hulhumalé

“God willing, we are aiming to finish construction of the park sometime next month. The park is believed to provide relaxed atmosphere for the people in Hulhumalé. We designed the park so that people could sit in the park,” said Suhail.

While a section of the main road in Hulhumalé has been blocked for its contruction, Suhail said that even after the park is completed, much of it would not be accessible to motorized vehicles.

Suhail also said that phase two of the Hulhumalé land reclamation project is also due to begin next month, with a dredging vessel from Belgium’s Dredging International company arriving in early January.

Sun Online reported that a US$30 million loan has been approved by the bank of Ceylon for the project which will see 240 hectares of land being reclaimed near Farukolhufushi.

Developing a ‘youth city’ in Hulhumalé with a population of 50,000 is a key aim of President Abdulla Yameen’s administration, with modern facilities and light industry designed to attract young persons from the atolls.