Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has stated that the population of reclaimed suburbs, Hulhumale’ will reach 100,000 during the next year.
In a document issued by HDC to provide information on investment opportunities in Hulhumale’, the corporation said 98,744 people currently reside in Hulhumale. The number is expected to increase to 112,040 by the end of next year, the document said. By the end of 2022, a population of 120,352 is expected, and the number will increase to 129,560 by the end of 2023, it said.
Residents have begun to move to newly developed Phase II of Hulhumale’. A large population influx is expected mid-next year when those who attained flats under the social housing program, ‘Hiyaa’ move into their flats. Around 6,000 families are expected to reside in the ‘Hiyaa’ flats. With this change, over 80 percent of the country’s entire population will be residing in the Greater Male’ Region.
The current government has pledged to decongest capital Male’, and promote an ‘island-style lifestyle’ for Maldivians. In this regard, the government plans to strengthen the health care options in the atolls and increase economic activities in the atolls.