Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, on Tuesday, announced that framework agreements with Indian and Chinese companies were signed to construct 9,200 housing units in capital city Male’ and five northern atolls.
State Minister for Housing Ahmed Nasheed and Deputy Minister Ali Shamin made the announcement during a programme aired by local broadcasting channel Raajje TV.
The contracts were signed during April and May 2019.
The agreements mark the first instance the current government has signed such a major agreement regarding the pledge to provide social housing.
Deputy Minister Shamin stated that Fahi Dhiriulhun Corporation (FDC) would oversee the projects.
The framework agreement concerning the 4,200 flats planned for the capital was signed with a Chinese company, while the agreement regarding 5,000 housing units in five northern atolls was signed with "two or three" Indian companies.
The government is yet to decide which islands these housing units will be built on. According to Shamin, the islands will be chosen after conducting a housing needs assessment and discussions with island councils.
As per the framework agreements, the companies are charged with drawing blueprints for the housing units and determining costs. Additional agreements will be signed afterwards to secure funds and assign construction work.
The Deputy Minister further revealed that discussions to construct 2,000 additional housing units were currently being conducted.