The National Centre for Cultural Heritage (NCCH) has contracted Gedhoru Construction and Engineering Private Limited to develop the ancient man-made mound area Maabadhige in Landhoo, Noonu Atoll, as a site museum.
The agreement was signed by Minister of State for Arts, Culture and Heritage Mohamed Thoriq and Project Manager of Gedhoru Construction Hussain Shah. The project is split into two phases and the second phase involves landscaping and developing resting areas and restrooms, and establishing waste management mechanisms.
Gedhoru Construction is tasked with completing Phase 1 of the development of the heritage site by August 2023 at a cost of USD325,000. The company will be developing a reception office, souvenir shop, and café as well as an exhibition hall and viewing platform.
The project is funded by the Government of India through the High Impact Community Development Grant Project (HICDP). The Indian government has provided a grant of USD337,000 to restore and conserve the Maabadhige area and repair the Dhiyamigili Ganduvaru.