Ameenee Magu is one of Male’ City’s busiest roads because it is one of the largest. Nevertheless, inhabitants of Male have long expressed concern about the road’s state, which presents significant challenges to drivers and pedestrians who use it. Even though work to bring the road up to date had commenced three months earlier, it has temporarily been put on hold. Businesses in the neighbourhood are incurring significant losses as a result.
The redevelopment of Ameenee Magu was first contracted to Male’ City Council for MVR 39 million. On July 3, Road Development Corporation (RDC) was given the project and paid twice as much: MVR 84 million.
RDC was hired by the Planning Ministry to construct 7.1 kilometers of asphalt road, a storm drain system, and street lighting within 210 days. On August 30, a special ceremony served to formally launch the physical work on Ameenee Magu’s reconstruction.
Three months later, on Tuesday, RDC reported that because of equipment issues, they had decided to temporarily cease physical work on the renovation of Ameenee Magu. As of yet, no asphalt has been put at any of the road’s intersections, from Irudheymaa Hingun up till Boduthakurufaanu Magu, which had been closed for reconstruction work.
Additionally, the project’s delays are continuing to cost local businesses a fortune. Owners of businesses in the vicinity have stressed how the road’s current state is costing them a lot of money. They have also expressed concern about how the project’s delays are aggravating the problem.
Popular eateries and coffee shops are also present in the area. Restaurant and café owners claim that their current profits are less than half of what they were in the past. A well-known clinic called Family Care, which offers a wide range of medical services, is also located on Ameenee Magu which is currently undergoing reconstruction. The clinic is also experiencing significant losses as a result of the road’s current state.
Similar circumstances are reported by all local businesses located on Ameenee Magu that cater to the public. Their aim is that the reconstruction work will be finished as soon as possible because the longer the project is delayed, the more money will be lost.