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Govt looks to make Male 'green' with 4,000 trees

31 October 2018, MVT 10:41
The eastern stretch of Male City's ring road during development. PHOTO/MIHAARU
31 October 2018, MVT 10:41

The Ministry of Environment and Energy, on Tuesday, announced plans to plant 4,000 trees along the ring road of Male' in an effort to establish a ‘green’ capital.

The ministry's Director General Mohamed Zahir stated that companies interested in importing the plants are to submit their bids by next week Tuesday.

Zahir explained that the ministry decided to contract a firm to import trees in order to avoid uprooting trees from any area of Maldives.

The trees will be of species already common in Maldives, such as the Margosa tree, which are expected to reach heights of over 20 feet once mature.

Zahir further stated that the trees will mainly be planted in the spots allocated by the housing ministry during the ring road development.

Moreover, the director general shared that specially designed flower pots will be placed along the roads of the capital.

The housing ministry uprooted several trees from the Artificial Beach area as well as the southeast coast of Male in order to develop the ring road, which connects to the Sinamale Bridge. At the time, the housing ministry revealed that its intention to plant 450 trees in the area, starting from the Industrial Village to the Hulhumale Ferry Terminal.

This is the second time the ministry has opened bid applications to import trees for the ring road, since the first announcement on October 17 did not receive much response.

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