Maldives govt shifts blame over 'poor quality' of TATA flats

Maldives government Thursday shifted blame over complaints of poor quality of the flats developed by India’s Tata Housing Development Corporation in capital Male.

The project to construct a total of 290 flats in two separate sites in Male was awarded to Indian construction giant TATA Housing which joined up with SG18 Developers Pvt. Ltd., under the banner of Apex Realty.

Housing minister Dr Mohamed Muizzu Thursday blamed the government of former president Mohamed Nasheed for messing up the agreement with the developers.

According to Muizzu, under the agreement the cost of a flat was MVR4 million which the government had negotiated to half to offer some leeway for the buyers.

The minister said the government had inspected the units but the blame for the poor quality must be shouldered by Nasheed and his government.

"The flats were designed and approved during Nasheed's government. They had inspected the quality of the flats so they must take responsibility for the poor quality of the units," Muizzu insisted.