The Ministry of Housing, Land and Urban Development, with a view to complete all requirements by the end of this month, has begun the process of handing over of the plots allocated in Hulhumalé under the previous administration’s ‘Binveriya’ Housing Scheme.

A communications official at the ministry confirmed to local media on Tuesday that, the allocated plots have already been handed over to 545 out of the 700 people who have signed the agreement and that the remaining plots will be handed over as soon as the land is cleared.

The administration had previously already committed to handing over the land within January.

The 9,003 plots to be allocated in the first round under the scheme includes 1,351 plots in Hulhumalé, 2,219 plots in Gulhifalhu and 5,433 plots in Giraavaru.

The ministry confirmed that, while the plots in Hulhumalé were being allocated, plot allocation in Gulhifalhu is scheduled to begin within the month.

There are around 2,000 recipients, from the first phase of the scheme, who had signed agreements but had not collected the documentation as of November 2023. In the meantime, the ministry is now also resuming the process of handing over the land registries to all recipients.

Plots were to have been handed over by the previous Ibrahim Mohamed Solih administration before the then incoming Mohamed Muizzu administration took office. However, with administrative and reclamation work not completed by the time of the Solih administration’s exit, work on issuing deeds and plots only recently resumed under the new Muizzu administration.