India to build cancer hospital, cricket stadium in Maldives 

WION New Delhi, India Dec 04, 2019, 05.55 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

File photo: PM Narendra Modi with Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Photograph:( ANI )

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India gifted in-shore patrol vessel CGS Kaamiyaabu to Maldives National Defense Force Coast Guard which President Solih said will be a 'valuable asset' to protect the maritime border. 

India will be building a cancer hospital and a cricket stadium in the Maldives. This was announced by PM Modi during his video conference with Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih when four projects were inaugurated by India in the island nation.   

"India is committed to the Maldives for democracy and development. We will also enhance our cooperation for peace and mutual security in the Indian Ocean region," PM Modi said.

India gifted in-shore patrol vessel CGS Kaamiyaabu to Maldives National Defense Force Coast Guard which President Solih said will be a "valuable asset" to protect the maritime border. 

Five executives and three technicians of the 28-meter vessel were trained in India as part of the pre-commission training. The Maldives had requested for the vessel during its defence minister's visit to India. Other than this, India will help develop fish processing plants in country's three islands of Addu City.

The Maldives also joined the growing list of countries - like Bhutan, Singapore, the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia - to allow the use of RuPay payment mechanism which seen as India's answer to Visa or Master Card.

To deal with the issue of climate change, which was mentioned by President Solih, Male city will be lit by LED bulbs from today. The LED streetlights are gifted as part of the collaboration between the two countries in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy.