New vessel arrives in Male' to advance Thilamale' Bridge pillar installation

A jack-up platform has been brought to Male' to embed the pillars of the Thilamale' Bridge into the seabed.

This is the third vessel brought by the bridge project contractor, India's AFCONS Infrastructure, for the project. According to AFCONS, with the vessel, Mahaksiyaa's arrival, the bridge project is expected to make significant progress.

The vessels brought earlier by AFCONS were two platform vessels named Maharani and Maharaja.

The construction of precast segments on the pillars of the Thilamale Bridge is currently underway in Gulhifalhu. However, AFCONS has not yet announced a completion date.

The bridge project agreement was signed with AFCONS Infrastructure on August 26, last year. AFCONS also conducted the bridge's practical work and related surveys and studies.

The 6.695 km bridge project, which will include the bridge and causeways linking Male', Vilimale', Thifafushi, and Gulhifalhu, is funded by the Government of India. This includes a US$100 million grant from India and a $400 million loan from Exim Bank. The entire project will cost MVR 7.7 billion.