Road Development Corporation (RDC) has commenced the fieldwork for the redevelopment of Ameenee Magu in Male’ City.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Minister of State for National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Akram Kamaluddeen said the Government of the Maldives and Male’ City Council are united in the aim to redevelop Ameenee Magu.
At the ceremony, the Mayor of Male’ City Dr. Mohamed Muizzu said the city council will give its support for the project, as the residents are greatly expecting the development of Ameenee Magu.
RDC’s Managing Director, Moosa Ali Manik (Mookey) said that most youth these days like to refer to the Ameenee Magu as “Ameenee Kandu (Ocean)” to mock the several bumps and extreme flooding on the road on a rainy day. He added that Ameenee Magu would be developed to a modern standard and would solve a decades-old issue.
A heated debate arose after the Male’ City Council claimed the Ameenee Magu redevelopment project had already been signed with the council before the project was taken over by the planning ministry and re-contracted to RDC for a higher price. In response, RDC stated that it had not signed any agreements with the city council on redeveloping Ameenee Magu. The company noted that the project is different from the Male’ Streetscaping Project signed with the city council, which involves refurbishing the streets of Male’ in 13 different zones. RDC said the new project signed with the planning ministry involves redeveloping Ameenee Magu under a whole different scope.
Ameenee Magu is one of the busiest roads of Male’ due to the high number of office buildings and schools, and is one of the few roads that run across the length of the capital. The road is in poor condition, which causes difficulties for vehicles and pedestrians using the road.