The duties of checking both the garages holding regulated vehicles and the validity of the agreement between garage owners and vehicles owners were transferred to the Male’ City Council. However, Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu mentions that the announcement of this matter by the Maldives Transport Authority was without discussion.
During the weekly press conference held at the Maafannu Office of the City Council on the night of 15th July 2021; the mayor declared that the council is ready to receive any tasks which government offices forward to the council through appropriate mediums with fitting discussions, preparations and procedures. However, he stated if such a task is announced to be given to the council with no prior discussion, it would lead to misunderstandings and confusion within the public.
“If a duty is to be transferred, there’s a lot of things to be done beforehand. Discussions must be had. Resources must be exchanged.”, said Mayor Dr. Muizzu. He also mentions that they are ready to service the discussion and resource exchange even on August 1st.
“If announcements are made suddenly without any such discussions or resource exchanges, the public will be led to believe the City Council will execute those duties.”
The duty of garage permissions being transferred to the City Council was announced by the Transport Authority in the gazette of 12th July 2021. Following this announcement, efforts were made to start discussions but it was not met with an appropriate reception; said the mayor. He also stated that carrying out a transferred duty on the opening day after a long break would prove difficult and hence will not be implemented.
At an emergency meeting called by the council on the 15th July 2021 in regard to the aforementioned announcement, the conclusion was reached to request discussions with the Transport Authority and to insist that matters be postponed till said discussions were complete. This was appealed to the Transport Authority that very Thursday by a letter.