It has come to light that a research has been conducted on linking the electricity grid of Maldives with India's electricity grid.
India's energy ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that a technical team from the country has visited the Maldives and conducted a study on connecting
the Maldivian electricity with that of India.
The study is part of the 'One Sun, One World, One Grid' (OSOWOG) program launched by India. statement said. "We have completed the charter of the program and have started the process of appointing a steering committee to carry out the program," it said.
According to indian media reports, the Maldives and the Maldives signed an agreement in April last year to participate in the OSOWOG and connect the country's electricity grid with India.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on behalf of the Maldives by Environment Minister Aiminath Shauna. Energy Minister Raj Kumar Sinha signed on behalf of India.
The Economic and Technical Feasibility Study on connecting regional power grids under OSOWOG has been completed, the Power Ministry said in a statement. Under the programme, efforts will be made to connect power grids in South Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, the ministry said.
However, under the program, the Indian power grid will be first connected to the electricity grids of the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, the statement said.
Despite India's power ministry announcing their efforts to link the power grids of both countries, the Maldivian government has remained tight-lipped and has not disclosed any information about this alleged connection. Furthermore, they have not confirmed the existence of any agreements regarding this matter. This lack of transparency and refusal to provide details is concerning and suggests a potentially negative situation.