Male’ City Council under fire after it begins project without waiting for Bid Committee verdict

Construction in progress at Adi Park, Lonuziyaaraihkolhu, Male'. (Photo/Twitter/Mohamed Fazeen)

Male’ City Council has come under fire after it was found to have commenced construction work under the project to develop Adi Park without waiting on a final decision by the Bid Committee.

 The project to develop Adi Park – located in Lonuziyaaraihkolhu of Male’ – comprises of construction of a garden bridge, a public toilet stall, an entrance canopy and a life guard tower.

Central Henveyru representative at Male’ City Council, and the Chair of the Bid Committee, Ahmed Niyaz told Sun this Sunday that the project was submitted to the Bid Committee for approval last week, but that the foundation for the structures had already been laid.

“Upon submission to the Bid Committee, we instructed to carry on with the project after approving a budget. However, the Bid Committee definitely has yet to award the project to any party. With this being the case, we are seeing the construction work in progress and near completion,” said Niyaz.

The North Maafannu representative of Male’ City Council, Mohamed Fazeen told Sun that Ameen Construction had already begun construction work when the project was submitted to the Bid Committee for approval.

“Only three quotations were submitted to the Bid Committee for the project valued at MVR 1.9 million. Therefore, three quotations aren’t enough considering the high price. It needs to be carried out following an open bidding process,” said Fazeen.

He said that the two quotations which were priced higher had been created in a similar format.

Fazeen had raised the issue at the Male’ City Council’s media Viber group this Sunday, before he was kicked out of the group.

Deputy Mayor Shamau Shareef was not responsive to multiple calls made by Sun to seek a comment regarding the case, and Mayor Shifa Mohamed, also, was not reachable for comment as her phone was switched off.