All main roads of Addu will be paved with asphalt: Sobe

Mayor of Addu City, Abdullah Sodiq | Photo: adduLIVE

Addu City, Maldives – Mayor of Addu City, Abdullah Sodiq (Sobe) has revealed that asphalt surfacing will be done in all the main roads of Addu City.

The statement from Sobe comes after the PPM candidate who is competing for the upcoming Local Council Elections position of Addu, Mohamed Latheef called on to not develop the roads of Addu with cement after he received information that majority of the roads of Addu City will be renewed using cement.

Sobe stated that the roads of Addu will be developed in good condition and that the design life of the roads are 15 years. He assured that all the asphalt roads will be developed with sub base layers and drainage system.

Sobe also told that all main roads of Addu City will be developed with asphalt and that concrete layer will be put in smaller roads to safeguard the storm water drainage system until those roads can be paved with asphalt.

Sobe further stated that all the roads of Addu will have street lights that will be joined by a smartgrid system along with CCTV camera networks as well.

The roads will be developed with big trees, coconut palm trees and flower plants along with sign boards such as bus stops

Sobe stated.

Sobe also said that the project has already been planned and the changing of the link road near Hankede area is a part of it. Within the Addu road development project which would be carried under Indian EXIM Banks line of credit, a 1.4 kilometers of new 4 lane detour link road will be built near Hankede bridge.

Sobe encouraged the citizens to share their concerns if they have any complaints regarding the development of Addu and stated that he has no doubt that the incumbent government will develop Addu City.

The agreement to develop the roads was signed on February 21, 2021 during the Minister of External Affairs of India, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s visit to Maldives.

The contract was signed between the Ministry of National Planning, Housing & Infrastructure of Maldives and Afcons Infrastructure Limited. It is the first contract to be signed for a project financed under the $800 million Indian Line of Credit.

The construction project of Addu City which will be focusing on designing and building the roads of Addu along with fixing the drainage systems in the city. A second link road is to be constructed with the cumulative road development projects adding up to MVR 1.19 billion. The road development projects are supposed to be completed within 730 days. 

The Ministry of National Planning, Housing & Infrastructure detailed that under this agreement the following things will also be built and developed in the city.

  • Storm water drainage: total length of drainage system is approximately 103 kilometers. 
  • Road development: asphalt road to be built in total 40 kilometers of Hithadhoo, Maradhoo, Maradhoofeydhoo, Feydhoo and Hulhumeedhoo roads combined. Along with this, 60 kilometers of Cement Stabilized Base (C.S.B) layer to be built in the roads without asphalt. 3.4 kilometer of the present asphalt roads to be resurfaced and CCTV cameras, lights and other traffic safety equipment to be fixed. 
  • Detour 4 lane link road: 1.463 kilometers of new 4 land detour link road to be built near Hankede bridge.

This project is set to transform Addu City into a fully functional city, a thriving economic hub and an attractive tourist destination under the “Addu Development Project (ADP)” project. With this project, it is set to facilitate public sector investments in the economy and the development of infrastructure required to enhance private sector investments that would increase the economic growth of Addu City.