The government of Maldives has transferred some of the projects of the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure to Addu City Council, in order to reinstate the powers of the Councils under the Decentralisation Act.
Under President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s regime, the powers of the Council were limited. During his Presidency, Addu City Council’s municipal projects were transferred to the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure.
The ministry created a separate department, Land Building and Municipal Service, at Addu City in 2015, in the interest of managing the projects that were previously managed by the City Council.
The ministry’s branch based in Hithadhoo in Addu City were in charge of the housing projects in Feydhoo and Hulhumeedhoo.
On Monday, Addu City Council announced that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has ordered to re-assign some of the projects of the Housing Ministry back to the City Council. These include:
· Opening and closing of public spaces including roads and parks
· Construction and reparation of roads
· Reparation of Harbours and controlling the ferry terminals
· Street cleaning programmes
· Pest control services
· Keeping record of new-borns and deaths
According to Addu City Council, the previous services of the council would not be disrupted and their offices will be operating in the same way as before.
Previously, the Addu City Council stated that the citizens of the most Southern Atoll of Maldives were suffering after the allocation of the projects to the Housing Ministry.