Some 19,900 applications for housing under the government’s flagship “Veshi Fahi” Male’ (decongestion) project are being processed as construction of 250 flats in Hulhumale’ and 500 flats in Male’ is expected to be completed “before too long.”
According to a statement by the President’s Office on the implementation of the project’s first phase, two members of the public – Aishath Hussein Manik, H. Reedhookokage, and Mohamed Afeef, Ma. Redrose – were chosen for the oversight committee on Monday.
The oversight committee will be tasked with monitoring the evaluation of the application forms while a permanent office is to be opened on Sunday (July 10).
Also in January, the cabinet approved related projects under the “Veshi Fahi” programme, including development of a container park in Thilafushi to incentivise relocating warehouses in Male’ and construction of a multi-purpose local market with modern facilities for residents of Male’.
On April 12, the cabinet handed over land allocated for the project to the newly-elected Male’ City Council, which has nine councillors from the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and two councillors from the opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP).
The programme was launched on November 10, 2010 with the aim of combining the development of Malé, Vilingili, Guli Falhu, Thilafushi, Hulhumalé and Malé International Airport: “The programme’s goal is to provide adequate housing for least advantaged Malé families and support decongestion of Malé.”
The capital Male’ has a land area of less than two square kilometers but is home to one-third of the country’s population or approximately 125,000 people.