Platform running aground should not delay Thilamale' Bridge construction: Minister

Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure has noted that one of the platforms being use for the construction of the Thilamale' Bridge running aground is not a reason for any delays in the construction of the bridge.

Aslam's statement came in reply to a question posed by Naifaru MP Ahmed Shiyam during the parliament sitting today, where he was being quizzed regarding the expenditure on the bridge and the incident where a platform had run aground.

He noted that it was difficult to state the exact amount that has been spent so far on the construction of the bridge just out of the blue.

He further highlighted that the damages caused to the reef due to the incident is being assessed and investigated, adding that the exact amount of the fine will be clear only after the investigations. He stated that this is not something that should delay the construction of the bridge per say.

The platform had run aground around 2:45pm on Tuesday, which injured three people.

Speaking to ONE Online regarding the incident, Director General at EPA Ibrahim Naeem revealed that the agency is investigating the incident.

He further noted that they had not begun to estimate the damages on the reef and added that as the incident has been brought to their attention, they are currently collecting the necessary informatiion regarding the incident.

The construction of the bridge began early August. following which sea travel was banned at the channel between Male' and Villimale'.

Under the Greater Male Connectivity Project, the bridge will connect Male, Villimale', Gulhifalhu and Thilafushi.