India has granted funds of USD 750,000, to the Maldives for commencement of 11 projects under the High Impact Community Development projects (HICDP) scheme.
The funds are for 11 socially impactful grant projects being executed in the Maldives, under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and the Maldives in March 2019. This was the second installment of the funds under the grant, which has a total allocation of USD 5.6 million.
Projects currently in progress under the HICDP scheme include construction of 3 fish-processing plants in Maradhoo, Hithadhoo and Hulhudhoo in Addu City, the establishment of 5 tourism zones in Feydhoo, Meedhoo, Hithadhoo, Hulhudhoo and Maradhoo of Addu City, setting up a bottled-water plant in Hoarafushi, construction of a drug detoxification centre in Addu City Hulhudhoo, establishment of a fish processing plant in Kendhikulhudhoo, Noonu Atoll, and a soil-testing lab at the Agricultural Research Centre in Hanimaadhoo.
The projects will support the decentralisation efforts of the Maldives.