Islands near Komandoo removed from bid document following court order

Dhiguvelidhoo. (Photo/Google Earth)

The chain of three islands near Sh. Komandoo - Medhurah, Dhigurah and Mairah - known as Dhiguvelidhoo – have been removed from the bid document after the Civil Court ordered a halt to the lease of the three islands for resort development.

The Civil Court issued the order on Sunday, February 13, in response to a lawsuit filed by Premier Equities Pvt. Ltd.

 Premier Equities filed the lawsuit claiming Tourism Ministry breached a contract signed with the company back in 2008 on development of a resort in L. Bodufinolhu and L. Gasgandu Finolhu, and a training resort in two plots of land in L. Gan.

Premier Equities said they engaged in discussions with the Tourism Ministry regarding allowing them the lease of Medhurah, Dhigurah and Mairah as settlement.

Tourism Ministry had amended its bid document for the development of tourist resorts in Maldives to include the three islands on January 16.

The Civil Court issued an injunction to suspend the implementation of the portion of Tourism Ministry’s announcement which pertained to the three islands.

Tourism Ministry has issued the invitation for tender for the three islands during the campaign for the Komandoo by-election.