Malé, Maldives – Former President and current Speaker of the Parliament of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed has stated that he also wishes to find out what happened to the one-room flats of the Hiyaa Housing Project of the previous administration if they were indeed missing.
Speaker Nasheed made the statement regarding a resolution presented to the parliament today by MP of Naifaru Constituency Ahmed Shiyam to send an inquiry into what happened to the missing one-room flats of the Hiyaa project under the previous administration.
The one-room flats were to be awarded from the first four floor of flats constructed by state companies under the Hiyaa Housing Project. However, a lot of public criticism was expressed when the government terminated the entire category of one-room flats after releasing the final list of flat recipients for the project. The government gave the reason that there were not enough flats constructed.
MP Shiyam’s resolution called on the government to explain why it was saying that there were not enough flats when the flats were in fact completed. MP Shiyam’s resolution also stated that Housing Minister Mohamed Aslam had stated that there were no one-room flats constructed, but later stated that only MWSC had completed the one-room flat project where there were only 36 flats in existence.
As MP Shiyam made the statement, Speaker Nasheed interrupted to ask when and where the Minister had stated so.
Could you please clarify to me where the Minister stated so, I am trying to clarify where the Minister said so. I also wish to find these flats, if they are indeed missing.Speaker Nasheed
Minister Aslam in July last year stated that construction of the one-room flats did not start and that the one-room flats were to be awarded under the category of residents living in Male’ City aged 18-40, individuals of the registry (Dhaftharu), newly married couples, individuals with disabilities. Minister Aslam later announced that 36 flats of the category had been completed, leading to a lot of criticism towards the government and the Minister himself.