Minister of National Planning, Housing, and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam has disclosed the government’s regional development plan, stating that the development will be divided into three regions.
Minister Aslam noted during the opening ceremony of the three-day training programme held by the Local Government Authority (LGA) that the country’s plan has been centralization up until now, which he claims has resulted in 40 percent of the people living in the capital Male’.
He predicted that, based on current migration trends, population of Male’ would exceed that of the remaining islands by 2040.
Aslam stated that the number of people coming to Male’ for health, education, and work would not be reduced in a short period of time and that a long-term strategy would be required to address this. He claimed the government has devised a “special plan” to address the issues.
According to Minister Aslam, the special plan would split the country into three development regions, which would then be split into six zones. He indicated that each zone would include a total of 20 clusters of islands.
He went on to say that each island cluster would encompass neighboring islands, and that the government’s objective is to develop and provide necessary services to each region in a systematic manner.
Minister Aslam also urged island councils to consider neighboring islands when compiling a development plan, requesting that adjoining islands be treated as part of the same territory.