The first phase of Raaje Transport Link (RTL) under the Integrated National Public Ferry Network (INPFN) is set to commence in Haa Dhaalu atoll on Monday, May 2nd.
Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) tonight announced scheduled ferries to 13 islands within Haa Dhaalu atoll via 5 routes will commence on Monday coinciding with the Eid holidays.
MTCC stated that since it is a brand new service, the public needs to be informed with relevant and crucial details. Hence, all trips from May 2nd till May 10th will be free of charge until the public is familiarized with the service.
The high-speed ferries built for RTL will have a maximum occupancy of 50 passengers. The ferries are designed to accommodate a comfortable and secure ride for the passengers. The ferries are air-conditioned and equipped with comfortable seats and USB outlets for mobile recharging. Moreover, 4 ferries have been allocated specifically for all the trips within Haa Dhaalu atoll.
All reservations for RTL ferries can be made via island councils during the free of charge trial period. However, a fee will be charged for trips starting 11th May and all reservations must be made via the official website for RTL (www.rtl.mv) or via the official RTL app which is available on app.rtl.mv for both Android and iOS devices. The ferry schedule is also published on MTCC’s official website www.mtcc.mv .
The INPFN is a large-scale project that introduces efficient, affordable, convenient, and sustainable passenger and cargo ferry services to all administrative islands of the country. The first phase of the project wiill establish a ferry network of 40 islands in the northern atolls, classified as Zone 1. Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure has recently contracted MTCC to provide services for the second and third phases of the Integrated National Public Ferry Network (INPFN) as well.