The Maldives, on Thursday night, declared open a mega bridge funded by the Chinese Government.
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom along with the Representative of the Chinese Government and the Head of the International Development Cooperation Agency of China, Wang Xiaotao inaugurated the Sina-Male´ Bridge.
President Yameen was accompanied at the ceremony by Vice President of the Maldives Abdulla Jihad, First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim, Cabinet Ministers, Parliament Members and senior officials of the government of Maldives and the government of China.
The Sina-Male’ Bridge project was undertaken as part of the administration’s Male’ Redevelopment Plan, to enable land transportation between the capital Male’, the Velana International Airport and the city pf Hulhumale´.
The Sina-Male’ Bridge was developed by the Government of Maldives in association with the Government of China, as a token of friendship between both countries, the Maldives President’s office said.
The bridge is 1 kilometer long, and 20.3 kilometers wide. Sea vessels under the height of 12 meters can sail under the bridge.
Following the inauguration, President Yameen and First Lady, accompanied by Wang Xiaotao, made the first crossing of the bridge to Hulhule´.
Speaking at the event President Yameen said that the Maldives was celebrating the dawn of a new era where Maldivians see their future unfolding into an age of progress and tranquility, and where dreams become reality.
President Yameen noted that the inauguration of the Sina-Malé Bridge fills the hearts of Maldivians with joy and excitement, as Hulhumalé is a landmass of 432 hectares being developed into a modern city to host more than 240,000 people. He also said that Maldivians have been eagerly waiting to cross the “Bridge of Hope”, into the “Lands of Tomorrow”.
Moreover, President Yameen stated that it was his priority to resolve the challenges faced by the thousands of people crossing 1 km of water several times every day. He also noted that the construction of the megastructure has earlier been thought to be beyond the economic and engineering resources available to the Maldives. In this regard, the President stated that his determination was to fit-in the most crucial but missing piece of development strategy for the Maldives.
President Yameen also underscored that his priorities were to enable the government to deliver the conveniences of modern-day living for the Maldivian people, and to equip the people with tools to build better lives.