MayTerrorAttack: Malé city council alleges Housing Ministry of not supporting Neelofaru road parking ban

Motorcycle which exploded tonight leaving Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed critically injured | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives — The City Council of capital Malé has stated that they could not ban parking in Neelofaru (Hingun) Road due to the National Planning Housing and Infrastructure Ministry.

On a statement released by the Mayor of Malé City, Shifa Mohamed stated that the Neelofaru Road has been declared a road that is prohibited for vehicles and that the parking zones in that road will be relocated to another road.

Along with this, the statement also mentions that the Defense Ministry has sent a letter to the Council noting that the Neelofaru Road is where the resident house of Speaker Mohamed Nasheed is, it is difficult to provide security for the house as motorcycles are parked on one side of the narrow road.

On the request of the Defence Ministry, Mayor Shifa stated that she sent a letter on March 23 requesting the Planning Ministry to provide ways for a new parking zone to be made in the area. Along with this, Minister Shifa also Whatsapped the letter to Planning Minister Alzam.

President Nasheed had also requested Minister Aslam to give the two respective lands to Malé City Council in a meeting.

Malé City former Mayor Shifa

The statement read that the reason for Council’s inability in banning the parking area in Neelaforu Road was because the Planning Ministry did not hand over the respective lands and did not provide the support council needs.

On May 6th, a terror attack took place in the Neelaforu Road against Speaker Nasheed which caused him and his bodyguards multiple injuries. Speaker Nasheed is currently in Germany for medical treatment.

The IED explosion went off around 20:20 on 6 May leaving Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed critically injured while he was getting in to his car near his house, G. Kenereege, in the Neelofaru road, Malé City. In addition to him, 3 more people were also been reported to be injured from the explosion including the Speaker’s bodyguards and bystanders.