Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, on Wednesday, revealed that additional housing units will be constructed in Addu Atoll.
In a meeting held with Addu City Council, Housing Minister Aminath Athifa announced that the government plans to establish a total of 20,000 housing units in various parts of Maldives within five years.
Moreover, she stated that the frame agreement for 5,000 of these housing units was signed on Tuesday, for which the final agreement would be signed within a period of four months.
Minister Athifa revealed that 1,500 out of these 5,000 housing units will be established in Addu City. However, no further details were revealed.
According to the Housing Minister, the current administration aims to work for regional development in order to decentralise the country. In order to fulfill this aim, Minister Athifa revealed that the government plans to conduct housing projects worth MVR 5.3 billion across Maldives.
Housing projects were carried out in Addu during the administrations of former presidents, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed.
However, the 264 flats constructed in Hithadhoo ad 48 flats constructed in Hulhumeedhoo have not been issued for living, despite reaching completion four years ago. The government stated that the delay was due to pending completion of electricity, water and sewerage systems for the flats.
Minister Athifa stated that Fenaka Corporation Ltd has been tasked with establishing water, electricity and sewerage systems for these housing units, and will reach completion within a period of two months.
Former President Yameen's administration also announced an additional 100 flats in Feydhoo. Ministry of Finance, in 2017, opened bidding for this project as well. However, the government made no further comment regarding the project afterwards.