Court halts the Addu City Council’s eminent domain land takeovers

Aeriel view of Addu Equatorial Hospital | Photo: Avas

Addu City, Maldives — Court has issued a temporary halt to the compensation of 35 lands the City Council had agreed to in return for the land they took from the area around Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH).

A statement released from the Magistrate Court ordered the City Council to halt the compensation of land until the Court makes a decision on the matter.

On July 15, a statement released from the City Council states that as instructed by the law, they have started to allocate lands to the area that was initially to be developed; south of Addu stadium for those whose lands were taken from the AEH area.

The Council also provided the opportunity for those who are not satisfied with the compensated lands to submit a letter to the Hithadhoo Office before the deadline. 

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.  The charts dictate that 40 plots of land surrounding AEH are to be transferred to the new block.

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.