Addu City Council to compensate citizens for claimed land

Mayor-elect of Addu City, Ali Nizar | Photo: The Times of Addu
Mayor-elect of Addu City, Ali Nizar | Photo: The Times of Addu

Addu City, Maldives – Addu City Council on Monday, released a statement stating that those who own land from the area around Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH) to be claimed by the council, will be compensated from the area initially allocated for the hospital development.

The new hospital in Addu City was initially to be developed on the land south of Addu stadium. With the decision from the council to claim land surrounding AEH, the authority was faced with complaints and criticism from the public.

As per the council, the main purpose of claiming land surrounding AEH is to give the opportunity for economical development in the area.

The Council publicised the charts of the land to be claimed and the charts of where the land will be given back, with today’s statement. The charts dictate that 40 pieces of land surrounding AEH are to be transferred to the new block.

Furthermore, the council revealed that they have yet to make decisions on the remaining land as there are some issues with the paperwork for the ownership of lands.

Addu City Council stated that discussions will be held with the owners of the land which are to be transferred and that they will proceed with this very soon.

The council advises the public not to carry out any activities on the land claimed by the council, adding that they will not be responsible for any consequences.

While speaking with local media publication Mihaaru, Addu City Mayor Ali Nizar previously said that land was distributed from the area without a proper plan and that it was very congested. He added that as people from several islands will be frequently visiting the hospital, it was not wise to have a congested living area near the hospital.