The China Maldives Friendship Bridge or the Sinamale Bridge is a 2-kilometre long bridge connecting the capital city Male to the airport island of Hulhule and by extension, Hulhumale Island. The bridge was made as a part of the Belt and Road Initiative and is largely funded by China, strengthening the ties between both the nations.
The project was launched in 2014 and has reached its completion in July 2018. This 200 million USD project is said to be one of the most progressive projects of Maldives with around 6 lanes to the bridge, of which 2 are car lanes while the others are devoted to bicycles, pedestrians, motorcycles, etc.
The China Maldives Friendship Bridge was built for the main purpose of road connectivity. The Maldives has always heavily relied on transport between the islands through Jettys and waterways which can be highly unreliable due to the change in weather conditions. The bridge running from the airport island to Male makes it a million times easier for tourists, as well as the locals, to transfer back and forth and access both islands. Aside from this, the overpopulation of Male has become quite a concern in recent years. With the connectivity of the bridge to not only Hulhule but also Hulhumale, the government is finding it easier to convince masses of people to shift to Hulhumale and remove some of the burden of the overpopulation from the capital city.
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