Tenders have recently been invited for some urban development work in Porto Inglês (Vila do Maio) on the island of Maio. The project is to provide new recreational facilities, including a fitness park, cycle paths, green spaces and a playground for children. The proposals will also include some flood control works.
The site of the work is understood to be the Ribeira de Fontona, close to the Enecol petrol station on the road to the airport, at the west side of the town. The area of the site is some 8000m2. It is hoped that the results of the tender will be known in about two months and it is anticipate that construction will then take about one year.
This will improve this end of the town. It will also hopefully improve the approach to the town from the airport and make for a better link between the houses in Salinas and the town centre.
The construction of the new Maio port looks all set to proceed. It has been reported that the funding is now in place. The estimated cost of the project is €15m, together with a further €1.5m for the access road to the new port and training for young people on the island. The African Development Bank has backed the project. The president of the Bank will be in Cape Verde in July and this will coincide with the launch of the construction tender. Following technical investigations and studies, the new port will be located on the site of the existing port, close to Vila do Maio (Porto Inglês). It is understood that the ferry between Praia and Maio will be able to continue during the construction period. The new facilities should improve the experience for people traveling by ferry between Praia and the island of Maio.