Hiya Flats could be given for MVR 3,800 monthly rental

Former Minister of Housing and Infrastructure and Malé City mayoral candidate, Dr. Mohamed Muiz | Photo: Avas

Malé, Maldives – Former Minister of Housing and Infrastructure and Malé City mayoral candidate, Dr. Mohamed Muiz has said that Hiya flats can be given at a rate of MVR 3,800 (USD 246.4) per month if the payments a divided to 25 years.

Following the current governments decision to give the flats of Hiya project at a maximum rate of MVR 7,500 (USD 486.4), Dr Muiz tweeted stating that it was an additional burden on the public by finalizing a price above MVR 5,600 (USD 363.2) and that the flats could even be given at MVR 3,800 per month if the payment duration was extended to 25 years.

Current Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure, Mohamed Aslam had revealed yesterday that the current administration has set the monthly rental price of Hiya flats at MVR 7,500 (USD 486.4). 

Speaking at a press briefing on March 7, 2021 Minister Aslam stated that if the flat receivers pay the down payments with the monthly rental payments, then the total amount of monthly rent can be lowered from the set amount.

Minister Aslam also pointed out that even though the maximum rental price was set at MVR 7,500 per month, the real cost was MVR 11,000 if cost of construction and cost of financing through the loans was included. He also added that this project was a hassle for Housing Development Corporation (HDC).

Minister also told that once the draw for the flats are held, an agreement would be made between the flat receiver and HDC and that a three month period would be given to those to fix doors, lights and tiles in the flats. 

The draw for the flats which is ongoing today, would only include category H10 (Category for persons with disabilities). Individuals will be selected in order of their NID number. The draw conducted upon government request will be between the 6,270 flat winners in Hulhumalé Phase 2.

The draw is being broadcasted live form state news channel PSM. After a draw is made, the flat number, floor and tower number will be displayed on TV according to the corporation. The flat winner will also be notified with this information via an SMS.

Hiyaa Project comprised the development of 7,000 flats, in the form of 16 towers of 25-storeys each in Hulhumalé Second Phase. The project, awarded to China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), was undertaken with a USD 437 million loan from the EXIM bank of China along with a sovereign guarantee from the government, at an interest of six percent. A period of five years to repay 15 percent of the loan, and 15 years to settle the remaining amount was granted to the Maldivian government.

Hiyaa apartments will be given to the recipients without completing the finishing works, such as installing doors and lights, painting and tiling the walls and floors which had received harsh criticism to the government.