The Indian government has released a USD 15 million in advance funding for the Greater Male’ Connectivity Project, which would connect Male’ City with Vilimale’, Thilafushi, and Gulhifalhu.
The Greater Male’ Connectivity Project, the country’s largest infrastructure project, is funded by an Indian grant of USD 100 million and a USD 400 concessional credit line from India’s Exim Bank.
The USD 15 million provided by India is part of the USD 100 million grant advance payment, according to reports.
The project was awarded to India’s Afcons Infrastructure on August 26, although physical work has yet to begin.
The project entails the building of a 6.74-kilometer-long bridge as well as a causeway connector. The bridges across the islands will be 140 kilometres long, according to the Indian High Commission.
In late October, the necessary surveys for the building of the bridge connecting Male, Villimale, Thilafushi, and Gulhifalhu began. It is expected to be completed by February 2022.