Ministry: People will be able to move into flats in late 2024

State Minister for Housing Akram Kamaluddin speaks to press on November 7, 2023. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Shathiu Abdulla)

Housing Ministry states that the recipients of the first 4,000 flats under the ‘Gedhoruveriya’ scheme will be able to move into the units in the end of next year.

In a press conference on Tuesday, State Minister for Housing and Chair of the Land and Flats Committee, Akram Kamaluddin said that the units were being constructed in phases.

“…We plan on allowing people to move in as they get done,” he said.

The permanent list of recipients of flats under the ‘Gedhoruveriya’ housing scheme was published on the Government Gazette on Saturday.

Multiple complaints have been made over how points were awarded in selecting the recipients of the first 4,000 flats under the scheme. In response to the public outcry, the Housing Ministry opened the opportunity to submit complaints via the Gedhoruverin Portal until 04:00 pm Thursday.

President-elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has also expressed concern over the situation, urging the outgoing administration against rushing the handover of flats during the few days remaining until his administration comes to power.

His office has warned that the new administration will take action if it discovers any wrongdoing.

However, Housing Ministry’s Senior Executive Director Mohamed Arif denied the assertion that the process is being rushed.

He said that the work is being done “in a particular order”, and that they will continue to stick to it.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has instructed a halt to the issuance of the flats as it investigates the complaints. The commission’s officials went to the Housing Ministry on Monday.

Akram said that the ACC officials were given access to all documents they requested.