80 land plots handed over, handover of land plots from Gulhifalhu to begin in two days

The first person to get allocated land under the 'Binveriya' scheme poses for photos near his land on August 27, 2023. (Sun Photo/Maahil Athif)

Planning Ministry states 80 land plots have been handed over to recipients of land from Hulhumale’ under the government’s ‘Binveriya’ scheme since the Ministry began handing over the land plots to recipients on Sunday.

State Minister for Planning Akram Kamaluddin told Sun that marking the boundaries of land plots in Hulhumale’ and its subsequent handover to recipients was ongoing at a fast pace. He added that the work was being undertaken with the mindset to complete the process as soon as possible.

1,351 land plots will be issued from Hulhumale’ under the ‘Binveriya’ scheme. Akram said marking boundaries of land plots in Gulhifalhu and handing over the land along with the registries will commence within the next couple of days.

Updating on the progress of the reclamation of Giraavarufalhu, Akram said the project was also proceeding at a fast pace, whereas the reclamation is expected to be completed very soon.

The government is also preparing to reclaim Hulhumale’ lagoon to issue land plots for recipients under the ‘Binveriya’ scheme.

Urbanco awarded the project to Capital Marine and Civil Construction Private Limited (CMCC) on August 21st. However, the reclamation will only commence after conducting an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA).

700 land plots will be issued from the newly reclaimed area.

Akram said land plots and registries will be handed over to all recipients of land before the fifth of November, as stated by the president.

“That means and land that needs to be reclaimed will be completed by the end of October,” he added.

The Planning Ministry published the permanent list of 5,000 recipients of the ‘Binveriya’ scheme earlier this month.

While the tentative list lists 19,858 eligible applicants, the permanent list lists 19,865 eligible applicants.

Akram Kamaluddin previously said that 18,955 applicants will receive plots from the land that is currently available, while the remaining 684 applicants receive plots from land that will be added later. They include applicants who are under 25 years of age and are unmarried and childless.