Geotechnical survey of GMCP underway

  • Maldives
PUBLISHED 26 January 2022

The geotechnical survey of the Greater Male’ Connectivity Project (GMCP) has commenced at the site.

The geotechnical survey is conducted to determine the bearing strength of the soil supporting the elements of the bridge to be built under GMCP. It is the largest survey to be conducted as part of GMCP. The survey is conducted by the project contractor, Afcons Infrastructure Limited.

Under the contract for GMCP, Indian-based Afcons Infrastructure Limited is tasked with bridging the link between Male' and Thilafushi, which includes a 6.7-kilometre sea crossing link from the southwest corner of Male', running adjacent to the south shore of Villimale’, then along the southern periphery of the reclaimed island of Gulhifalhu and terminating on the reclaimed island of Thilafushi. The project scope includes the construction of three navigation bridges, viaducts, and on-grade roads. The project is funded through a USD 400 million line of credit from Indian Exim Bank and by a USD 100 million grant from the Government of India.

The GMCP is the single-largest infrastructure project in the Maldives and is expected to become a national economic engine, and a lifeline connecting Male' to Villimale', Gulhifalhu, and the Thilafushi Industrial Zone.