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India-Maldives: mn package

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  • August 15, 2020
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India-Maldives: mn package

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – India-Maldives Bilateral ties; International Relations

Context:

  • India announced a slew of new connectivity measures for the Maldives – which includes air, sea, intra-­island and telecommunications.
  • The above move is an effort to help the Indian Ocean Islands deal with the economic impact of the COVID­19 pandemic.

Initiatives proposed:

  • Air connectivity “bubble” for travel
  • direct ferry service
  • Submarine cable for telecom connectivity
  • assistance for the Greater Male Connectivity project (GMCP)

At present, India-assisted projects in the region include water and sewerage projects on 34 islands, reclamation project for the Addl island, a port on Gulhifalhu, airport redevelopment at Hanimadhoo, and a hospital and a cricket stadium in Hulhumale.

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Do you know?

  • India to fund the implementation of the Greater Male Connectivity Project (GMCP) in the Maldives with mn packages.
  • The GMCP will consist of a number of bridges and causeways to connect Male to Villingili, Thilafushi and Gulhifahu islands that span 6.7 km.
  • It would ease much of the pressure of the main capital island of Male for commercial and residential purposes.

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