Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has hired a local law firm to seek legal action to stop the removal of the trees from Ameenee Magu as part of its redevelopment.
Speaker Nasheed had voiced his concern about the trees removed from one of the busiest streets in Male’ City. He had threatened to take legal action if the removals are not halted.
Local law firm Shunana & Co tweeted on Wednesday saying that it will be filing a case tomorrow at the court on behalf of its client Speaker Mohamed Nasheed, requesting an order to stop the removal of urban forestry in Ameenee Magu, citing that removal will cause irreparable damage to the environment. Moreover, they are also seeking a temporary injunction order.
Redevelopment of Ameenee Magu began last month by the Road Development Corporation (RDC). While the move to remove trees on Ameenee Magu by RDC drew criticism from the public, in a statement the corporation said that the plan was to carry out the redevelopment project without harming the canopy of trees on the street and relocate them to Kudagiri picnic island if necessary.