Land plot recipients to be announced in May

The Housing Ministry has said the recipients of flats and land plots under the Gedhoruveriyaa and Binveriyaa Scheme will be announced next May.

In June this year, the government opened the opportunity for Male' residents to apply for 3,000 out of 5,000 plots and 4,000 flats to be issued from the Greater Male' Area. The deadline for application was initially set as September 26, but the government later extended the deadline until October 15 following a change in eligibility requirements. While 15,164 applications were received for the 5,000 plots of land, 14,489 applications were received for three-bedroom flats. A further 6,208 applications were submitted for two-bedroom flats.

Speaking at the Parliament's National Development and Heritage Committee, Planning Minister Sunday said the next step in allocating land is evaluating the application forms. He said the forms would be evaluated by a special committee formed by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and that the committee had not yet been established. However, he believes that the committee will be formed soon, and the reviewing of the forms would begin shortly afterward.

The minister said the recipients of the land plots would be announced in May next year after reviewing the forms. The plots that will be issued from Hulhumale' have also been identified, he said.

“The land to be allocated from Gulhifalhu has been identified in our drawing. However, we have not started the dredging work yet,” Aslam said.

The contract has been signed and all the loan arrangements have been completed for the Gulhifalhu dredging project. The contract has not yet been implemented because some administrative works have not been completed, he said. The work is currently in progress, he added.

Aslam said the loan for the dredging work was obtained from a European bank, and therefore, there are several procedural requirements. This is the main reason for the delay in implementing the dredging project, he said.