Male’, Maldives – Indian company, AFCONS has been scheduled to sign an agreement with the Maldivian Government for the construction of the Greater Malé Connectivity Project (GMCP), the largest-ever infrastructure project in the Maldives.
The GMCP is a 6.7 km bridge and causeway network connecting Male, Villingili, Gulhifalhu and Thilafushi. The scope comprises three (3) navigation bridges of 140 m main span across the deep channel between each island, 1.41 km of marine viaduct in deep water, 2.32 km marine viaduct in shallow water or on land, and 2.96 km of at-grade roads.
Furthermore, the land interchanges on Male’ and Villingili will be signalized junctions, while there will be roundabouts at Gulhifalhu and Thilafushi. Bus terminals are also planned on each island near the junctions with the mainline. Along with this, the project will also be using solar power for lighting purposes to use renewable energy as a sustainable measure in infrastructure. Solar panels are to be installed on the top of the lamp posts and along discrete lengths of the bridge parapets.
The massive project, GMCP was requested by President Solih and Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid during the visit of EAM Dr S Jaishankar in September 2019. The project is not only expected to provide a major boost to connectivity between these islands, but also to redefine the economic landscape of the country. It is expected to be completed within two years time.
While this project will be fully funded under Indian grant and line of credit, India has also undertaken about 30 community projects under grant of which about half have already been completed in The Maldives.