Over 6,500 land plots handed over thus far: Pres Solih

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has said that more than 6,500 land plots have been handed over under the government's Binveriyaa program.

Addressing the nation on the occasion of Republic Day, President Solih said developing more land has been a top priority in the last five years as part of efforts to address the housing crisis that Maldivians in the Male' region and the islands are currently experiencing.

"Thus, Hulhumale' Phase 3, Gulheefalhu, Giravarufalhu, and Uthuru Thila Falhu were presented as the solution for Male'. Over 6,500 of the 9,031 land recipients among the Male’ citizens have received their land titles thus far", he said.

The outgoing president added that under efforts to ease the housing shortage across the country, 2,732 housing units were built in the atolls, and 7,700 housing units were built in the Male’ region over the last five years.

While there have been no significant hiccups in handing over the land titles to the recipients of land plots under the Binveriyaa Scheme, the handover of flats under the Gedhoruveriyaa Scheme has met with delays, with the ACC stopping the handover of the 4,000 flats before addressing the complaints submitted regarding the recipient list. The list's release stirred significant controversy, with allegations of points being awarded in violation of grading policies and complaint submission restrictions that may provide undue benefits to certain individuals. When the complaint submission window expired yesterday, over 7,400 complaints were received.