New passenger terminal delay jeopardizes entire VIA development

Construction of the new Sea Plane terminal in VIA — Photo/MACL

Chinese Embassy in the Maldives have said that the delays in the development of the brand-new passenger terminal at Velana International Airport is jeopardizing the mega development project of the airport.

Under the billion-dollar development project of VIA, development of the passenger terminal was tasked with Saudi Binladin Group – a multinational construction conglomerate headquartered in Jeddah. Three years into the $300 million project, it has become the slowest moving developmental project ongoing at the airport.

Speaking during a press conference held at the Chinese Embassy, Ambassador Zhang Lizhong said that all the different projects ongoing at VIA were close to completion apart from the passenger terminal.

The ambassador highlighted that Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) were speedy in completion their works. As such the construction of a new runway was completed last year, while the development of a new cargo terminal, fuel farm in addition to the new seaplane terminal is nearing completion.

He also added that due to financial constraints regarding the new passenger terminal, the project is seriously behind schedule. Even though the construction of the terminal was not related to China, delays in its development would leave remaining facilities being unable to be used to their full capacity.

While most of the projects of VIA will be completed by the coming year, MACL revealed last December that the passenger terminal will be complete by 2022.

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