The administration of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has decided to provide housing for families with no adequate housing in Nolhivaranfaru in Haa Dhaalu Atoll.
Speaking on a programme aired on PSM News, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development Ahmed Nasheed revealed the administration attaches a high importance to the project aiming to provide housing for families in need of shelter in Nolhivaranfaru. State Minister Nasheed noted when conducting such projects which are generally related to public, the administration gives importance to the populations which are most in need of the respective project rather than randomly picking islands.
Furthermore, the state minister criticised the previous administration failed to address the housing concerns of the citizens and failed to even listen to the complaints. The previous administration did not take action, even when the Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) forwarded the complaints, he added.
Residents from Faridhoo, Maivaadhoo and Kun'burudhoo were shifted to Nolhivaranfaru in 2011. Although a housing project commenced in the island in 2012, about 52 families are still without adequate housing. In efforts to provide those families with housing, the administration has announced to seek a contractor to complete the 60 housing units constructed under the first phase.
Moreover, the administration has also announced to seek a contractor to construct the 200 housing units in Gan in Laamu Atoll. The administration has also announced a further 4,000 housing units would be constructed in Hulhumale' and to decrease the overall housing rates across the country.