Tourism Ministry has said that the islands leased to develop resorts was never been inspected in the past.
The remarks were made by the Tourism Minister, Ali Waheed at the press conference held at the Tourism Ministry last night regarding the Alifu Dhaalu Fushidhigga case. He said that while the islands were never inspected after they were leased to develop resorts.
Minister Waheed said that there are currently 70 “distress islands” and the Ministry working with the Maldives Police Service to inspect the registered developments. He said that inspections are to be carried out at over 1000 tourism-based developments and the inspection schedule has been completed.
Tourism Minister Waheed also remarked on the picnic islands to be developed saying that there are no plans to develop any picnic islands in Alifu Alifu, Alifu Dhaalu, Baa and Vaavu Atoll this year. But there are plans for developments next year and this November, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will hopefully be announcing the islands where the developments will be taking place.
The press conference last night was held after Alifu Dhaalu Fushidhigga was brought under the custody of the Maldives Police Service after a group of people were using the island to benefit from tourism activity while a dispute of ownership of the island was ongoing at the court.