The foundation for the Thilamale’ Bridge has been laid on Tuesday.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi virtually initiated and viewed the "Pouring of First Concrete" of the Greater Malé Connectivity Project (GMCP).
The "Pouring of First Concrete" ceremony held in Maldives was live-streamed at the project launch and review ceremony in Hyderabad House, New Delhi.
Under GMCP, a bridge – Thilamale’ Bridge - will be built connecting Malé, Villimalé, Thilafushi, and Gulhifalhu.
Moreover, navigation bridges, viaducts, and on-grade roads will be constructed as part of the project.
Funded by a USD 400 million line of credit from Indian Exim Bank and a USD 100 million grant from the Indian government, the project was awarded to the Indian-based company, Afcons Infrastructure Limited.
During the project launch ceremony held in India, a video was featured on the review of Maldives-India Development Cooperation.
It also featured the progress of 4,000 social housing units being constructed in the Maldives by the Indian government.
The President is currently on a four-day official visit to India upon invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation and Maldivian business leaders on this trip.