Like a comet that makes it appearance at regular intervals and then disappears in a trail of dust, development projects keep appearing in the Maldives at 5 year periods. Technically speaking they range from the ludicrous to the bizarre and severely challenge the intelligence of the readers. The Moon Bay Marina project reported in Jazeera Daily is the latest in this series and hopefully the last.
Though the project hit the headlines only last week, its name 'Moon' Bay betrays that it was developed as an election ploy by former President Maumoon and his team of dream merchants. An animated video of the so-called project available in Metacafe would confirm this.
An intelligence defying feature of the project is its location in Vaadhoo Channel, which is inter-atoll sea and could be as deep as 1000 m just beyond the reef. A relatively more feasible idea included in the project is the famous bridge to Hulhumale.
Other famous 'dream projects' in the series include Villingili Resort, Ihavandhippolhu Transshipment Harbor and Gulhifalhu Global Business Park. Hulhumale also started as a dream project in 1993 and reappeared again in 1998. Surprisingly, in its third appearance in 2003 it defied the usual flow of events and became a reality, thus proving that some dreams do come true. So keep on dreaming.