Amendments approved to Land Act

Parliament today approved amendments to the Land Act proposed by opposition Maldivian Democratic Party MP Nazim Rashad with unanimous consent of 43 MPs present and voting.

If ratified by the president, individuals will  have the option of securing ownership of 50 percent of land reclaimed for housing purposes.

The ownership must be granted in accordance with the land use plan formulated in line with the Decentralisation Act and government policies.

The bill was submitted by the MP for Baa Thulhaadhoo in November 2012. The island of Thulhadhoo was expanded with reclaimed land by the MDP government.