New jetty due for completion by year end
Infrastructure funded by India
MAURITIUS: A 255m jetty in Agalega, being financed by the Government of India is due for completion by the end of December this year.
The project, which also includes the construction of a new runway, aims to improve sea and air transportation facilities in Agalega.
“We are putting Agalega on the path of development and progress with the help of India, and we want development to reach every single part of our territory since our people remain at the heart of our development goals,” emphasised Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth in the National Assembly.
The jetty will have associated infrastructure for providing services such as fresh water, firefighting, electricity and crane. The new expected completion date of these two projects is end December 2021.
Fuel storage facilities will be limited to the requirement for re-fuelling of ships, running of electric generators, vehicles and other machines, he stated.
He pointed out that access by sea is also severely constrained owing to inadequate infrastructure and facilities, as there is no proper jetty on the island for embarkation and disembarkation of passengers and cargo.
The Prime Minister stressed that there is no agreement between Mauritius and India on the infrastructural projects to set up a military base in Agalega and that the Agreement signed is intended only for the implementation of measures to promote, protect and safeguard our maritime security needs in the following areas: surveillance of our vast EEZ; counter-piracy, counter-terrorism, counter narcotics and human trafficking; controlling poaching and illegal fishing; provision of hydrographic services; promoting economic development of Agalega; emergency response, including search and rescue; and marine pollution responses.
Other projects on the island in the pipeline include: a Fish Landing Station; an office Block; a Refugee Centre; an Open Gymnasium; a Library; and equipment for coconut harvesting, along with the construction of 50 housing units.