The housing ministry has pedestrianized two narrow lanes in the capital Malé city.
The Embu goalhi and Gul’alaa goalhi in central Machangoalhi ward were closed to traffic as part of a campaign to make Malé city friendlier to pedestrians.
The housing ministry has also barred vehicles from parking in the lanes.
Malé is one of the most congested cities in the world.
The housing ministry in February pedestrianized two lanes, the Heenaa Goalhi and the Raivilla Magu. However, they were opened up for traffic within days after residents in the area complained.