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Ramkalawan explained that the road diversion will take about two minutes to travel along and will replace the current road that is constantly being threatened by the effects of climate change. (Rassin Vannier, Seychelles News Agency) Photo license / Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution

World - President of Seychelles: Hotel development will continue despite protests

(Seychelles News Agency) - The Anse à la Mouche hotel development project will continue in its current form, the president of Seychelles said Monday after providing clearer information after objections made by concerned citizens.

The Seychelles' vice president highlighted the $250 million project will bring the island nation a needed injection of investment during the downturn brought about by COVID-19.

"The government has taken into consideration the development and the impact it will have on the environment and has seen that the project is one where the protection of the environment and development can happen in a good partnership, hence the government has no intension of stopping this project. The project will continue exactly in the form that it is currently," said Wavel Ramkalawan.

The announcement comes after three dozen residents of Anse à La Mouche peacefully protested against the development of the 120-room hotel on Saturday. The group expressed concerns that the development would affect the protection of the wetland, beach access, road diversion and livelihood of the inhabitants.

The Anse à la Mouche hotel development project is a mixed-use project that will comprise an area for tourism, retail, residential and entertainment. It is owned by the Anse La Mouche Development Company Seychelles (ALDMC) and will be developed by the Royal Development Company.

On February 8 a petition was submitted to the president with 145 signatories, with a note stating there is an online petition that at the time had gather over 940 signatures.

Responding to concerns raised over the destruction of the wetland in the area, Ramkalawan ensured the public that "no construction will take place in the area where the wetland is located."

He explained that the road diversion will take about two minutes to travel along and will replace the current road that is constantly being threatened by the effects of climate change.

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