India-Maldives mega-infra project

  • Maldives government officially signed an agreement with Mumbai-based company AFCONS, for the construction of the Greater Malé Connectivity Project (GMCP). This infrastructure project, the largest-ever to be built by India in the Maldives, involves the construction of a 6.74-km-long bridge and causeway link that will connect the Maldives capital Malé with the neighbouring islands of Villingli, Gulhifalhu and Thilafushi.
  • According to India’s High Commission in the country, this project was funded by India in a grant of $100 million, with a line of credit of $400 million. he seeds of the project were planted during the External Affairs Minister’s visit to Malé in September 2019.
  • The Chinese-made 1.39 km-long Sinamalé Bridge connects Malé with the islands of Hulhulé and Hulhumalé and this project, four miles longer, would link the other three islands.