Male’ City Council is working to develop a service for booking parking spots in Male’, similar to booking a ticket on a flight, Mayor Dr Mohamed Muizzu said.
Mayor Muizzu announced the initiative today during one of the council’s regular news conferences to keep Male’ residents up to date on upcoming projects.
The mayor also stated the draw for people who applied for parking spaces in Male’ will be held on December 2, adding that it will be broadcasted live to ensure transparency.
He noted the majority of the parking spots made available in this round were assigned during the previous council’s term, with some additional slots added by the present council.
According to Muizzu, 50 parking spaces in the car zone will be reserved for taxis because it is a service used by the majority of Male’ residents and taxi drivers experience challenges while hunting for parking spaces. He stated that the parking spot would be made available at the previously allotted monthly charge of MVR 1,500.
Muizzu also stated extra parking spaces will be made available near the Male’ Carnival area, with the condition that the area be cleared when an event is planned. In addition, he said more parking areas would be developed throughout Male’ City.
The mayor of Male’ City further said these parking spots can be registered as a garage space while applying for vehicle registration. While adding that garage space letters are now purchased from private households for more than MVR 80,000, he stated that parking spaces on the streets will be offered for MVR 25,000 and could be utilized permanently. He added that parking slots on the streets will be made accessible until the council constructs a mixed-use parking structure to house the vehicles.
Muizzu said the parking spots would be booked through a dedicated portal on the council’s website, adding that unfilled slots would be displayed from the portal and that individuals may submit their form with the slot number, with precedence given to those who applied first.
Male’ residents have lodged multiple complaints about parking restrictions in the capital city, prompting the council to undertake and propose a number of projects to remedy the issue. It is also aiming to limit the quantity and duration of vehicles brought to Male’ City.