Play­ing Un­der­wa­ter

Southasia - - Briefing -

In its lat­est bid to bring to at­ten­tion the sink­ing threat that it faces, the Mal­dives is poised to build the world’s first so­lar-pow­ered and un­der­wa­ter golf course in its cap­i­tal city Male. The ini­tia­tive is be­ing de­scribed as the first of a se­ries of fu­tur­is­tic off-shore de­vel­op­ments to con­front the threat of global warm­ing.

De­vel­oped by three world-renowned Dutch com­pa­nies, known as in­dus­try ex­perts in float­ing tech­nol­ogy, the $500 mil­lion pro­ject is due to be com­pleted in 2015. “The meth­ods and pro­ce­dures de­vel­oped by the com­pany for float­ing de­vel­op­ments re­duce the im­pact on un­der­wa­ter life, and min­i­mize the changes to coastal mor­phol­ogy, ” said a state­ment is­sued by the of­fice of Pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Nasheed.

Plans are un­der­way to de­sign an 18-hole course that will con­sist of a se­ries of plat­forms planted in the ocean. These plat­forms will be in­ter­con­nected through an un­der­wa­ter tun­nel, while al­low­ing golfers to ex­pe­ri­ence the reef. Tun­nels will also con­nect the course with sea­side ho­tels. The golf course will make use of one of the Mal­dives’ most abun- dant re­sources – sun­light and will be fully so­lar-pow­ered with zero foot­prints.

Due to its low el­e­va­tion, the Mal­dives is fac­ing a po­ten­tial cri­sis from ris­ing ocean lev­els. The Mal­di­vian gov­ern­ment plans to use the golf course to fur­ther pro­mote tourism, with money go­ing to pur­chase land in other coun­tries to pro­vide a refuge for those dis­placed by cli­mate change and ris­ing sea lev­els.

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