President inspects waste management project at Thilafushi

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (c) inspects the government's waste management project at Thilafushi on January 13, 2022. (Photo/President's Office)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Thursday, visited Thilafushi to inspect the progress of the government’s major waste management project underway at the island.

He was accompanied by Environment Minister Aminath Shauna, MTCC’s CEO, Managing Director Adam Azim and WAMCO’s Managing Director Adam Mohamed during this trip.

During the visit, President Solih inspected the site at which a sustainable solid waste management system will be established at, and also discussed what can be done to fast-track the work.

The project is carried out jointly by the Environment Ministry and WAMCO – with funding and expert assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB). Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Japan Fund for Joint Credit Mechanism (JFJCM) is also funding part of the project.

Under this project, a Regional Waste Management Facility (RWMF) with waste-to energy treatment plant in Thilafushi will be established for the Greater Male’ Area and its inhabited outer islands. It will have a daily 500-ton capacity to manage waste produced in 32 islands.

Although the government aimed to complete the project by last November, and being the facility to operation by December – the project is yet to be completed.