Addu City road development postponed to 2021

Potholes in Addu Link Road, 2018. | Photo: AdduLive

Addu City, Maldives – The road development project of Addu City has been postponed yet again, for the upcoming year, 2021.

An official from the Indian Embassy of Maldives informed local media “adduLIVE” that the road development project for Addu is still at tendering stage and that the project will be handed to a party in the first or second week of January 2021.

The USD 147.1 million project to develop the roads of the city and also reclamation of 228 hectares of land is set to be completed within 24 months. 

This project includes paving of about 40 km of unpaved road and providing street lights and CCTV coverage for all islands of Addu. In addition to this, the road work involves development of a new 4-lane bypass through the shallow back-reef on the ocean side connecting Hithadhoo Island with Maradhoo Island.

While roads of Addu, especially the Link Road connecting Hithadhoo, Maradhoo, Maradhoo-feydhoo, Feydhoo, and Gan has been filled with potholes for over two years now, the government has been consistently postponing the development of these roads.

Initially the project was supposed to start on this month, however, it has been postponed again for the upcoming month.