Housing ministry has decided to open applications for the housing scheme named “Accomplished Scheme” in Male’ region on August 7.
This was announced by housing minister Dr. Mohamed Muizz at a press conference held at the ministry on Wednesday.
Speaking about the housing scheme, Dr. Muizz said this scheme is the biggest of its kind and would provide housing for 300,000 people. The applicants need to meet only two criteria, minister said.
The two requirements are being 18 years of age and not owning a plot of land or flat measuring 1000 square feet, minister said.
Minister said the project will take place in two phases and the administrative work of the Accomplished Scheme is currently ongoing.
Dr. Muizz said Gulhi Falhu will be completely reclaimed to build a total of 82,000 flats under the project. Including the land already reclaimed, a total of 230 hectares of land will be reclaimed from Gulhi Fahu, while 130 hectares of land will be used to build the flats. Gulhi Falhu will be developed as “Villimale’ 2” and will be urbanized as a modern city, he said.
Minister further said that Fushi Dhiggaru Falhu will also be reclaimed completely to build the flats, which is 800 hectares of land. Eligible applicants will be given 1000 square feet homes from the land there, he said.
While the Maldives has a population of 350,000, the government’s announcement to gather the people of the country to the greater Male’ region has sparked concern that the other islands would become abandoned. However the minister said that they would not forcefully remove people from the islands.
President Abdulla Yameen had recently announced that Gulhi Falhu, Thilafushi and Villimale’ would be developed and linked amidst the charges pressed against former tourism minister and former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, for allegedly ‘selling’ Dhiggaru Falhu to a foreign party.