|Abstract: ||This report discusses the findings of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) carried out
for the proposed 10-store building at Sandhaleege, Henveyru, Burevi Magu, Malé. This
project requires EIA as the building has a basement and the foundation of the building goes
below 6 feet, under EIA regulations 2012 such buildings require EIA clearance from
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The main objective of the EIA is to identify potential impacts of excavation, construction of
foundation and dewatering and consider mitigation measures that can be adopted. In addition,
the EIA would also consider other construction phase and operational phase activities such as
waste management, energy and water supply although they are not directly related to the
scope of the EIA.
The main aim of the project is to provide a residence to the proponent and family. In addition
the proponent aims to rent out floors in the apartment building for residential and commercial
Looking at the existing environment of the site, the site is devoid of any significant flora or
fauna. There is only one Moringa tree belonging to the proponent, the proponent will give this
tree to whoever wants it. The traffic is at Burevi Magu is quiet low, this is mainly because it
is not a main street. In this regard, it was found that mainly motor bikes used this road.
However the noise level at the site is high, like in other parts of Malé, mostly due to
construction activities undertaken nearby. The groundwater quality even though saline, is not
very saline when compared to some other parts of Malé.
Almost all of the negative impacts envisioned for the project occurs during construction phase
and as highlighted previously most of these impacts are associated with substructure works.
However, almost all these impacts are minor and can be reduced to negligible levels with the
mitigation measures proposed in this report. In this regard, the potential negative impacts
associated with this project can be summarised as impacts related to groundwater quality and
quantity, impacts on nearby buildings in terms of structural damage, impacts on air quality,
impact on ambient noise, impacts on utility services, impacts on traffic and impacts on health
and safety. Mitigation measures proposed for the project like minimizing dewatering to the
shortest possible time, ensuring proper storage and transport of construction material and
waste, restricting noisy activities to day time, undertaking works by experienced operators
and supervisors, avoiding closure of roads during peak rush hours and implementing
international best practice health and safety standards will help to reduce the influence of
most of the envisioned impacts to negligible levels.
The EIA report proposes a monitoring program that will help to identify the actual impacts
and to identify the effectiveness of the implemented mitigation measures. In this regard
monitoring will include, monitoring of groundwater quality, monitoring of dust and noise,
visual assessment of nearby buildings and monitoring of traffic condition. The monitoring
reports will be submitted to EPA every two months during construction phase and once
thereafter to meet the requirements of the EIA regulations. The reports will be submitted in
the format specified in the EIA regulations.
Overall, this project is a positive project for the proponent and the negative impacts
envisioned are only for the construction phase and all these impacts can be easily mitigated.|