Villimale' building changes: 'Effects on population need to be taken into consideration'

Planning Minister Mohamed Aslam has stated that the construction of ten-story buildings in Villimale' will only be permitted after taking into consideration any effect it may have on the island's population. Aslam made the statement while Male' City Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has requested President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to permit the construction of 10-story buildings in Villimale'.

Construction of 10 story buildings in Villimale', a ward of Male' City, is included in Male' City Council's strategic plan for the next five years.

Answering a question asked by AVAS regarding the City Council's plans, Minister Aslam said no formal requests have been made thus far to allow construction of ten-story buildings in Villimale'. While the ministry will not outright decline any such requests, it is important to take into account the fact that Villimale' has been in development in an environmentally friendly manner, said the minister. The government will also take into consideration any effect the change may have on the island's population, and other problems that may arise as a result, said Aslam.

Currently, buildings can be built up to six stories in VilliMale. Mayor Muizzu has stated that the Planning Regulations for Male' City must be amended to allow taller buildings, and that the request will be made on behalf of Villimale' residents in the upcoming days. Although no discussions regarding establishing a land-use plan for VIllimale' have taken place between the City Council and Villimale' residents until now, Dr. Muizzu last month said the land-use plan will be formulated soon and is expected to be approved within a month.