Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) will be tasked with connecting the Maldives with a high-speed ferry network as part of the first phase of the Integrated National Public Ferry Network project.
In a cabinet meeting yesterday, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih made the decision to do so upon the counsel of the cabinet members on a paper submitted by the Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Development Ministry.
The purpose of the ferry network is to co0nnect the dispersed population of the Maldives through an affordable safe and efficient transport network, according to the President’s Office.
The network will classify six central regions and would provide two separate networks for passenger transit and movement cargo ferries within and in between the regions, effectively linking maritime transport with land and air transport.
Under the plan, the ferry network would connect islands within the areas and between areas via three types of links; commute links, non-commute links, and highway links.
In line with the Decentralisation Act, the network aims to facilitate inclusive regional development by connecting people and services, accelerate social and economic growth, improve efficiency in the delivery of public services and improve mobility and accessibility for all citizens in all areas of the nation, stated the President’s Office.