Idge re­freshes Mal­di­vian life

Global Times US Edition - - BIZIN -

The bridge has also gen­er­ated new job op­por­tu­ni­ties for Mal­di­vians.

There were no traf­fic lights and few traf­fic po­lice in Male be­fore the con­struc­tion of the bridge. Now, traf­fic lights have been in­stalled at both ends and there are bridge traf­fic po­lice.

Traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cer Aleena has been work­ing on the China-maldives Friend­ship Bridge for eight months. She said, “When I first started on the bridge, I felt that many young peo­ple didn’t pay much at­ten­tion to traf­fic lights. Now they are very dis­ci­plined.”

Yoosuf Rafeeu, pre­vi­ously a taxi driver, be­came a dou­ble-decker bus driver af­ter the Mal­di­vian gov­ern­ment opened the Greater Male Bus Ter­mi­nal (GMBT) last year.

“There are 23 buses in the GMBT, eight of which are dou­ble-decker buses. I am proud to be a rare dou­ble-decker bus driver in the Maldives,” he said.

Bridge en­gi­neer Mohamed Shafeeu stud­ied civil en­gi­neer­ing in Malaysia and has worked in the ports and ter­mi­nals of the Maldives. In 2017, he be­came re­spon­si­ble for the qual­ity man­age­ment of the bridge af­ter join­ing a rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment de­part­ment.

“Com­pared with the port and dock pro­jects, the con­struc­tion of this bridge is more dif­fi­cult. The en­gi­neers in China are very ded­i­cated, and their hard work al­lows us to en­joy a happy crossis­land life,” he said.

Con­struc­tion of the bridge was first agreed upon by China and the Maldives in Septem­ber 2014. Ground was of­fi­cially bro­ken in March 2016 and the bridge was com­pleted in July 2018.

As part of the agree­ment, the pro­ject, which was built at a cost of 1.26 bil­lion yuan ($184.44 mil­lion), was largely funded by China through di­rect aid and dis­counted loans to the Maldives.

The Mal­di­vian gov­ern­ment shoul­dered the bal­ance, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the con­trac­tor, CCCC Sec­ond Har­bor En­gi­neer­ing Com­pany, a unit of the China Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Con­struc­tion Com­pany.

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