Dwejra development project: Indian tycoon’s family buys Maltese citizenship

Various family members of the Indian tycoon who bought a massive piece of ODZ land in Gozo’s protected Dwejra coast have become Maltese citizens buying into Malta’s cash-for-passports scheme.

The Shift can reveal that at least five members of the family of Vijay Kumar Berlia, the man behind a planning application to extend and develop 30,000 square metres of land in a protected Natura 2000, have bought Maltese passports.

Berlia’s wife, Sushma Paul Berlia, and one of their sons, Aditya, have now become fully-fledged Maltese citizens by purchasing passports, according to information published in the Government Gazette.

While it is unclear whether Vijay Berlia has also applied for a passport, because the lists published in the Government Gazette date back to at least a year, he is listed in the Malta Business Registry as residing in a flat in F.S. Caruana Street in Msida.

Berlia registered a company, BV Enterprises, in 2019 which lists him as the sole director and shareholder, as well as judicial representative.

Apart from Berlia’s wife, Sushma, an entrepreneur and the President of a large private education foundation in India that also owns a university, the citizenship registry now also includes Aditya, the Pro-Chancellor of the Apeejay Stya University of New Delhi and involved in various business ventures around the world.  Other ‘Maltese’ members of the Berlia family are Prianka, Viana and Vivika Berlia – thought to be Aditya’s family.

Sushma Paul Berlia, wife of Vijay Berlia, has a Maltese passport.

The Shift is informed that none of the family members actually live in Malta despite being considered full Maltese citizens with the right to vote in the general elections.

Vijay Berlia has made it a point to make public his support for the government that has granted his family citizenship, even supporting the governing Party’s line against journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia following her assassination.

Berlia’s development application, fronted by Gozitan architect Alex Bigeni, proposes to restart quarrying in the area, tripling the size of the existent quarry in a protected and sensitive ecological area.

Vijay Kumar Berlia and the plans submitted to the Planning Authority for excavation of the site.

While the Planning Authority is considering the proposal, the Environment and Resources Authority has shot down the proposed development, stating that it is completely unacceptable from an environmental and ecological point of view.

Last week, The Shift revealed connections to John Dalli reporting his visit to Berlai’s university. Dalli said Berlai was ‘a friend’ who did not need his consultancy services. Yet the reason for Dalli’s visit, as well as his meetings with him in Gozo, remain a question.

Sources told The Shift that Dalli and Berlia have been frequently spotted in Gozo, including in a sprawling villa in Munxar, where Dalli is said to spend many of his days.

Dalli, 72, who is still acting as a business consultant, told The Shift he was introduced to Berlia three years ago.

                           
                               
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Joseph Tabone Adami
Joseph Tabone Adami
1 month ago

It’s a piece of good luck, indeed, that this Indian chap did not make it to Malta by dinghy-crossing from North Africa.

He would then have met the uncontrollable ire of some local ‘patriots’ baying for his imprisonment and push-back to his native land!

S Borg
S Borg
1 month ago

Why is this happening to our country ? Has this government lost his soul in the name of money and greed.

Isle of the corrupt
Isle of the corrupt
1 month ago
Reply to  S Borg

Yep

Darren Muscat
Darren Muscat
1 month ago
Reply to  S Borg

Yes.

Save Gozo
Save Gozo
1 month ago
Reply to  S Borg

Iva

Chelsea
Chelsea
1 month ago
Reply to  S Borg

Y’all love to complain, say the same lines, get off Facebook and go to the streets

M.Galea
M.Galea
1 month ago
Reply to  S Borg

Ohh yes! They are all in it!

Henry s Pace
Henry s Pace
1 month ago
Reply to  S Borg

‘ Has this government lost his soul in the name of money and greed. ‘
YES , this is a true fact.

Eduard Azzopardi
Eduard Azzopardi
1 month ago
Reply to  S Borg

Yes, from 2013 onwards.

Lorenza xerri
Lorenza xerri
1 month ago
Reply to  S Borg

Agree
Hope the government listens and do what s best for the people, and protect the environment ,

Gee Mike
Gee Mike
1 month ago

I can smell an American Univercity of Gozo in the making.
They need a laundry.

Raphael Dingli
Raphael Dingli
1 month ago

I have a Maltese passport but have been told that I cannot vote unless I have resided in Malta continuously for six months. Can somebody confirm please. Also if the family bought citizenship, I guess buying a building permit from the Planning Authority will be much much cheaper. 😢

Gadflyg
Gadflyg
1 month ago

In the end, this ‘Maltese’ will get his permit. The opposition to it is weak and the PA is a whore that sells itself (of course, it is always strong with the weak). Unity of the nation will come about when each and every one of us accepts the situation, tows and line, corrupts himself and others. That is Malta’s predicament.

Salvu Felice-Pace
Salvu Felice-Pace
1 month ago
Reply to  Gadflyg

A question comes to mind, why does a very wealthy man invest so much money in buying a piece of land unless some assurances have been given by someone about permits to achieve whatever he has in mind?

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