MP Shiyam presents resolution to the Parliament over missing flats

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

Malé, Maldives – A resolution has been presented to the parliament to send an inquiry into the one-room flats constructed under the previous administration that have been deemed missing.

The resolution was presented by MP of Naifaru Constituency Ahmed Shiyam which was accepted with the vote of 43 parliamentarians and pleas to find out what happened to the missing one-room flats under the Hiyaa Housing Project.

The one-room flats which were to be given out from the first four floors of the flats constructed by state companies under the Hiyaa Housing Project during Former President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayyoom’s presidency. The companies were to complete the construction of the flats, which were then intended to be handed over to the Housing Development Corporation, and following this, to be awarded to the flats to eligible applicants.

However, the government terminated the entire category of one-room flats after releasing the final list of of flat recipients for the project, the reason being that there were not enough flats constructed. This decision is receiving a lot of criticism from the public.

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. Furthermore, MP Shiyam’s resolution also noted 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.

The resolution further stated that while there were a total of 12 towers under the project, one-room flats should be there on the first four floors of the flats, which leads to a conclusion that more than 900 one-room flats are in existence. He also added that the government was selling overpriced flats under the government-sponsored project called Fahi Dhiriulhun, after stating that one-room flats were not constructed under the Hiyaa Housing Project.

Additionally, MP Shiyam stressed that the matter was very much connected with the hope of the youth population and the government’s conduct regarding the housing project was a cause of a lot of concern for the public. MP Shiyam said that the government had to provide an explanation regarding what happened to the flats in writing.

MP Shiyam also noted that the former administration had two policies for selling the housing units which would bring the actual monthly price of the flats to MVR 3,000-4,000.

MP Shiyam’s resolution is also instigating a lot of criticism from MDP members of the parliament towards former Housing Minister Dr. Mohamed Muizzu and former President Abdulla Yameen regarding how the Hiyaa Project flats were initially awarded.