The Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure announced on Thursday last week, February 16, that laying down asphalt on the incomplete strip of Boduthakurufaanu Magu, the surrounding road of Male’ City, will begin after Ramadan.
State Minister of the ministry Akram Kamaluddin told local news, Mihaaru, that this work will be handed over to a contractor next month, while the physical works will commence only after the Islamic sacred month.
“We will be carrying out the preparations related to the commencement of laying down the tarmac, before Ramadan,” Akram said. While he confirmed that the asphalt laying work will commence after Ramadan, he did not specify who will become the project’s contractor.
Asphalt was laid down on Boduthakurufaanu Magu, from Hulhumale’ Ferry Terminal to the Industrial Village during previous President Abdulla Yameen’s administration. This was done to prevent congested roads post the Sinamale’ Bridge opening.
The current Solih administration is in the process of laying down asphalt on Ameenee Magu. Within four months, the work on this road from the east to the STELCO building has already been completed. The area will open for public transportation soon.
The Road Development Corporation (RDC) was contracted to construct Ameenee Magu. However, the contractor faced difficulties in keeping machinery within the city. To avoid any further setbacks, RDC subcontracted the work to Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC).