President Solih and Indian PM Modi inaugurate Malé-Thilamalé bridge construction

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (L) and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi (R) | Photo: Unknown

New Delhi, India – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi inaugurated the Malé Thilamalé connectivity bridge today.

The event took place in New Delhi India, which was held as a virtual “pouring of the first concrete” ceremony, allowing government officials at the Malé Industrial Village to attend the USD 500 million worth project being developed under grant and concessional loan support from India.

“The two leaders directed officials to ensure timely completion of the largest landmark infrastructure project in Maldives – that will enhance mobility between Male’, Villingili, Gulhifalhu and Thilafushi islands, cut down logistics cost and drive people-centric economic growth which will be a symbol of enduring friendship between the two countries,” read the official statement issued with regards to the event.

Speaking at the event, President Solih reflected on the bridge project as well as the 4,000 house unit project in the Maldives and stated that these projects are a representation of the strong friendship between both countries.

“India is providing us with assistance in other areas in addition to this as well,” President Solih stated.

The Malé Thilamalé bridge, which will link Thilafushi, Gulheefalhu, Villingili and Malé is contracted to Indian company AFCONS. The 6.7 kilometer bridge includes three bridges with two roads and interchange points as well as parking areas.