President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have inaugurated the fieldwork for the Thilamale’ Bridge under the Greater Male’ Connectivity Project (GMCP).
The two leaders participated in the virtual pouring of the first concrete ceremony during President Solih’s official visit to India. The ceremony held in the Maldives was live-streamed at the project launch and review ceremony in Hyderabad House, New Delhi.
The GMCP involves constructing a bridge that connects Male’, Villimale’, Thilafushi, and Gulhifalhu. The project scope also includes the construction of navigation bridges, viaducts, and on-grade roads. It is funded by a USD400 million line of credit from Indian Exim Bank and a USD100 million grant from the Indian government. The project was awarded to the Indian-based AFCONS Infrastructure Limited.
India has been a key partner in the infrastructure development of the Maldives, with several key projects being completed as a result of the partnership.