Indian Army Chief visits Maldives; Chinese company to construct new apron at the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
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  • (MAY 5-11)

    Reports noted that Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh was on a three-day official visit to the Maldives from May 8-10, 2014. During the visit, he paid a courtesy call on President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Reportedly, discussions between the Indian army chief and Maldivian government included the development of a naval dockyard in Uthuru Thilafalhu (Sifavaru) lagoon along with docking facility for commercial ships, a project worth US $500 million. 1

    In another development, reports noted that an agreement has been signed with Chinese company Sinohyrdo for the construction of a new apron at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA). According to the Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) Ibrahim Saleem (Bandhu) the cost of the project is $9 million. 2