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Opposition Accuses Government of Unfair Allocation of Land in Binveriya Housing Scheme, Alleges Political Manipulation for Presidential Election

The opposition coalition, comprised of PPM and PNC, has leveled accusations against the government, claiming that the distribution of land under the 'Binveriya' housing scheme is being carried out in an unjust manner, with the intention to influence the upcoming presidential election. In a statement released on Tuesday, the coalition expressed deep concerns regarding the allotment of land, particularly as there are less than 75 days remaining until the presidential election.
According to the opposition, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has been accused of granting vacant land, which was reclaimed by former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, to his close associates. They further allege that the land has been assigned from areas where land reclamation took place without conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment.
The opposition coalition's statement also highlights the government's failure to fulfill its promise of constructing 20,000 flats, as well as its inability to complete housing projects initiated during Yameen's administration.
The Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has urged the Anti-Corruption Commission and other relevant authorities to investigate the matter thoroughly.
Among the recipients of the land, a list of which was disclosed, are ten Members of Parliament, including Rozaina Adam, who represents the Addu Meedhoo constituency, and her husband, Mohamed Nashiz.
Under the 'Binveriya' Housing scheme, a total of 15,164 applications were submitted, representing 23,801 individuals. Out of these, 12,794 applications or 19,857 individuals were deemed eligible. The government has made the decision to provide land to all individuals who meet the specified requirements.
In the Male' area, the government has allocated a minimum land size of 1,250 square feet. For applications submitted by multiple persons, an additional 400 acres of land will be added for each additional applicant. If more than seven people are involved in a single application, a total of 4,000 square feet will be granted.