Maldives pres announces 'total solution' for housing shortage

Maldives' incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Friday announced the conclusion of the feasibility studies of the 'Hiyaa Accomplished' project proposed as a total solution for the housing shortage in the capital region.

During his address to the nation on the occasion of Maldives' 53rd Independence Day, president Yameen said that under the project, every Maldivian above the age of 18 years without a house, and every Maldivian who will turn 18 from this Independence Day until 2030 will get a land allocation of a minimum of 1000 square feet or an apartment unit.

President Yameen who is seeking re-election in the upcoming presidential elections also added that in the future there will be no one in Maldives left without adequate housing.

Centralization and years of scanty planning has forced people to flock to the greater capital Male in search of employment, health care and education leading to congestion and skyrocketing rent in the capital.

In his address, president Yameen highlighted that under this initiative to provide adequate housing, the second phase of the reclaimed suburb Hulhumale will be able to accommodate a 100,000 inhabitants.

He also stated that all the basic needs of all Maldivian citizens can be achieved within the next 10 years by realizing major infrastructure projects in the Maldives, from airports to transhipment ports to tourism to schools, hospitals and other investments, and by ensuring that sufficiently skilled practitioners are trained in time to meet the job opportunities that will be available from these developmental initiatives.