Planning Ministry states that the Thilamale’ Bridge – being built under the Greater Male’ Connectivity Project – was expected to be complete in May 2024.
An official from the Planning Ministry told Sun on Wednesday afternoon that work on the project going according to the plan.
“Based on the current progress, work on the bridge will, God willing, be complete in May 2024,” said the official.
The official said that workers were currently engaged in the geotechnical survey, which needs to be complete before construction can begin.
Work on the geotechnical survey began in January.
Planning Ministry said they were unable to specify when the survey work was expected to conclude.
The Greater Male’ Connectivity Project – set to be the largest infrastructure development project in Maldives – is financed under an Indian grant of USD 100 million and a USD 400 concessional credit line from India’s Exim Bank.
The project was awarded to India’s Afcons Infrastructure on August 26, 2021.
The project involves construction of a 6.74-kilometer-long bridge along with a causeway link. According to the Indian High Commission in Maldives, the bridges between islands will measure 140 meters.
Signalized junctions will be built at the land interchanges in Male’ and Vilimale’, and roundabouts will be built in Gulhifalhu and Thilafushi.
Bus terminals will also be built at the bridge junction in each island.