Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has voiced concern about the removal of the trees from Ameenee Magu for the reconstruction of the road.

The reconstruction of one of the most frequently used roads began last month under the 'Male Streetscaping project. State-owned corporation Road Development Corporation RDC is undertaking the project and it had been removing the tall trees on Ameenee Magu as part of the project.

RDC said that it plans to replant the trees on Kudagiri, a strip of land being developed as a picnic island by the government.

Speaking at the parliament session today, Speaker Nasheed said that there has to be a way to reconstruct the road and keep the trees on it.

Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed/ Photo: Parliament

Nasheed further said that he hopes that RDC and Male' City can work together to make this happen.

While the move by RDC drew criticism from the public, in a statement the Corporation said that the plan was to carry out the reconstruction project without harming the canopy of trees on the street.

But RDC said that the work is being proved challenging as the road has many sewerage pipes and other pipes running through it.