Land is extremely scarce in the Maldives, which acts as a constraint on the development of the country. This is especially true for Malé, the capital city of the country, with a population of more than 100,000 people concentrated on just two square kilometres. The rapidly developing economy in conjunction with the development constraint leads to high land prices, which creates an opportunity to develop adjacent atolls.
Gulhi Falhu reef and is located about 3 km west of Malé. The new reclaimed land with the new planned facilities should be safe against the sea for at least the next 100 years. One of the advantages of this atoll is that it is some two feet higher than Malé and most other islands in the Maldives and would therefore need less capital expenditure to create buildable land.
Haskoning India’s scope of works comprised the following: