Binveriyaa Scheme: Changes brought to Male' resident criteria

Changes have been brought to the eligibility criteria for Male' residents to apply for land plots.

In June this year, the government opened the opportunity for Male' residents to apply for 3,000 out of 5,000 plots to be issued from the Greater Male' Area. This includes 1,000 plots from Hulhumale' and 2,000 from Gulhifalhu. Only residents of Male' who have never been registered elsewhere can apply for these plots. Any Male' resident who does not own 600 sqft of land and would not inherit land of the size can apply for these plots.

On Thursday, the Planning Ministry said changes had been brought to the eligibility criteria such that Male' residents who were registered elsewhere in the past due to a government policy can apply for the land plots if their mother or father is a Male' resident. The change comes while Planning Minister Mohamed Aslam told Parliament on September 18 that he did not intend to bring any changes to the eligibility criteria.

Three sizes of land will be allocated under the 'Binveriya' Scheme. The minimum plot size that would be issued to an individual is 1,250 sqft. An additional 400 sqft would be added for each additional person in case of joint application. A total of 4,000 sqft will be allocated if the application is submitted by more than seven people.