The environment ministry has signed contracts to build waste management centres in four islands in Noonu atoll and an incinerator shed in Raa atoll Vandhoo.
According to the ministry, the contracts were signed last week with Wee Hour Investment Pvt Ltd and Saruh Pvt Ltd at a ceremony on Thursday (April 2).
Wee Hour Investment was contracted to build the incinerator shed at an estimated cost of MVR 2.5 million ($160,000) and a waste management centre in Noonu Magoodhoo at a cost of MVR 585,260.
Saruh was contracted to construct waste management centres in Noonu Lhohi, Maalhendhoo, and Fodhoo at a cost of MVR 592,087, MVR 798,617, and MVR 539,047, respectively.
Minister of Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim signed the contracts on behalf of the government.
In February 2014, the ministry signed an agreement with Germany’s Michaelis GmbH and Co to establish an incineration plant at Raa Vandhoo to eliminate 40 tonnes of waste produced in all islands of Noonu, Raa, Baa and Lhaviyani Atolls.
The US$2.6 million waste management project was funded by the World Bank and was expected to be functional by 2015.
The General Manager of Michaelis Bernard Grim said the incinerator system could also be used to produce ice in the long run.