Affordable Housing and the HRCM Report

26 Nov

I just finished watching a TVM Live Show on Housing issues in the country in connection with the release of the Report on the Assessment of the Housing Situation in the Maldives. I made several attempts to place a call to raise a point to Hon. Aslam Shakir, the Minister of State for Housing, and Mr. Zahid, the deputy chief of the Human Rights Commission.

I wanted to ask what the 12,000 families who are subject to “hell-holes” in the country should expect within the short term and within the full five-year mandate of the current government. How many of these families should expect to have decent and affordable housing within the first two years and how many within the full five years? What regions would be the beneficiaries of these housing projects and how many units would the respective regions expect to get within the short-term and the full-term?

I also wanted to ask whether the government would execute the projects through the provincial municipalities that are to be established or through the Finance Ministry via international competitive bidding? Would the government outsource the projects on BOT basis or as provincial municipality managed and operated projects?

Was there an estimate of a budget for the cost of providing adequate housing to the 12,000 families who lived in the gutters.

There is no doubt that affordable housing is one of the most attractive pledges of the MDP government. Timely action in a focused manner would be required to ensure efficienty and effectiveness of achieving the pledge within the five-year term of the first MDP government. The project seems to be still at a conceptual level. There is a need for speedy action.


Posted by on November 26, 2008 in Society



5 responses to “Affordable Housing and the HRCM Report

  1. Anonymous

    November 27, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Anonymous @ November 27, 2008 1:25 PM. Reading from your post I am assuming you are part of the current government. Its not good enough simply saying you know the problem and you know the solution. If you know then you have a duty to share it with the general public too. Don’t just keep saying its all the fault of the previous government. Now its your chance to demonstrate that you can indeed deliver on your promises.

  2. Shihab

    November 27, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    @Anon November 27, 2008 1:25 PMI dont like to react to personal attacks… I think you should first try to align yourself with President Anni’s vision for this country. His is not one of vengeance and hatred, but one that is forward looking and with the people at heart, irrespective of color or creed. I wish you well. If you cannot digest a mere passing comment, I am not quite sure how much of Anni’s wisdom you have accumulated. Whatever we do we need to be focused and develop measurable targets that are achievable and realistic.

  3. Anonymous

    November 27, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Your boss(Solih) and his boss(Gayoom)did nothing other than eating our money. Just keep quite, we know te problem, we know the solution and we are heading to solve it. Keep quite, we will clean all the shit you left on us.

  4. Anonymous

    November 27, 2008 at 5:13 am

    Nice one shihab. We do not need another set of statistics on the situation. We already know this is the situation. We need the new government to put forward solution that is why we elected this government. They still seem to be looking for a scapegoat.

  5. Anonymous

    November 27, 2008 at 12:03 am

    We would need about 180 million US Dollars every year for 5 years to provide housing to 12,000 families over the five years.

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