Residents of Hoadedhdhoo island need the causeway that connects it to neighbouring Madaveli island, says former council member Hussain Firushan.
Firushan spoke to RaajjeMV about the recent incident where the causeway was broken up due to it causing waves in the islands’ shared lagoon and flooding roads and homes in Hoadedhdhoo.
Residents used an excavator to shatter the sand-lain causeway, allowing current to flow in between islands and reduce flooding.
Firushan said that the causeway has played a key role in allowing commercial trade and collaboration between islands.
“Hoadedhdhoo is a farming island, Madaveli is known for its fishing. Both islands need the causeway and leaving it as it is will hurt us”, Firushan said.
The former council member further accused the government of mishandling the project and deviating from recommendations made by the environmental impact assessment and the initial plan.
“The impact assessment says that the area connecting the causeway to Hoadedhdhoo is prone to erosion and flooding and so a revetment needs to be put in place, this has not been done”, Firushan further said.
The development of the causeway was assigned to the state-run Maldives Transport and Contracting Company. The project commenced in 2016 and was completed only last month.