The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has denied reports that the land reclamation for the Ras Malé development at Fushidhiggarufalhu has stalled.

Sri Lanka’s Capital Marine and Civil Construction (CMC) was tasked with the development at Fushidiggarufalhu, a mere 17 minutes from Malé, on 18 December last year. Should work proceed to schedule, land reclamation would be complete within eight months, President Mohamed Muizzu had said at the time.

HDC, the state-owned enterprise (SOE) managing the project, denied claims that, as there was no dredging equipment at the site with only a limited area reclaimed, work on the project had halted.

HDC Information Officer Mohamed Siraj, speaking to local media, said the dredging work is continuing.

“The absence of a dredger in the area does not mean that the work has stopped. The work is continuing. The main work[now] is the construction of the bund wall,” Siraj said.

According to the HDC, while the project work remains on schedule, additional work has to be done before land reclamation can continue in the area.