3 categories removed from Hiyaa Project

Hulhumale' Phase 2
Social Housing Towers developed under the 'Hiyaa Project' in Hulhumale' Phase 2. | Photo: Mihaaru.

Malé, Maldives – The government has decided to remove the categories which were to be given one room flats from Hiyaa Project stating that there aren’t enough one room flats available.

While the Hiyaa’ Public Housing Scheme project was initiated by the former President of Maldives, Yameen Abdul Gayyoom during his presidency, a statement released by the Housing Ministry today informed that they have decided to eliminate the one room flats category of Hiyaa Project after deciding to purchase some of the flats from the Hulhumale’ Phase 2 tower currently being built by the government companies.

The Ministry informed that the flats currently for sale are only the 36 flats MWSC allocated especially for the government. Ministry noted that these flats will only be given to the special needs people and their families in H14 category. The remaining flats are being planned to give to the citizens of Male’ city under a special H12 category.

In addition to this, the statement released by the Ministry noted that there are no more flats available for purchase from the one room towers the government had decided to built. This is why, Ministry has stated that they have decided to eliminate three categories that involve the one flat rooms.

The categories that were annulled are:

  • H11 – specialized for married couples between the age of 18 and 40.
  • H13 – specialized for individuals registered at Male’ Municipalty Dhaftharu.
  • H15 – specialized for newly wedded youngsters.

The Hiyaa Project comprises the development of 7,000 flats, in the form of 16 towers of 25-storeys each, in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale’s second phase.

The President of the Flat Committee Thoha Mohamed informed earlier this month that many people who deserved the housing units were not selected due to shortage in apartment units.

The final list of Hiyaa housing winners showed that some individuals who have previously received documentation of their flats during Yameen’s administration, have lost the units. The list has been met with public scrutiny, with many claiming that the flat committees point system is not justifiable.

The final lists has the following categories:

  • H4 (Doctors and Nurses) – 233 flats
  • H5 (Teachers) – 523 flats
  • H6 (Single mothers) – 423 flats
  • H7 category (Married people aged 18 – 40) – 805 flats
  • H8 (Male’ Residents) – 1,837 flats
  • H9 category (Male’ Dhaftharu) – 1,044
  • H10 (Persons with Disabilities and Family) – 200 flats
  • Civil Servants – 1,000 flats

The flat committee added that only those applicants who receive 50 percent or more from points allocated would be eligible to receive flats from the “Hiyaa” social housing project.

The government is currently planning housing projects in various regions of Maldives, with the most recent announcement regarding housing projects being that the Indian government company National Buildings Construction Company (NBCC) has been contracted to build 2,000 low cost housing units in Hulhumale’.