President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has announced to commission the first phase of the 'Integrated National Public Ferry Network' project to Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC).
The company will be undertaking the works of this large-scale project following the Cabinet’s decision reached in discussion with the Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure. According to the President’s Office, the project will introduce efficient, affordable, convenient and sustainable passenger and cargo ferry services to all administrative islands of the country.
The project was further mentioned to contribute to achieving several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its broad socio-economic impact.
The main objectives of the ferry network include facilitating inclusive regional development by connecting people and services, accelerating social and economic growth, improving efficiency in the delivery of public services and improving mobility and accessibility for all citizens in all areas of the nation.
Consisting of six central regions, the proposed network is said to provide two separate networks for passenger transit and cargo ferry services within and in between the regions—linking maritime transport with land and air transport.
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