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dc.identifier.citationZuhair, M. (2016). Environmental impact assessment for the proposed 11-storey building development at H. Finimaage Aage, Male’. Male': Maldivesen_US
dc.description.abstractMr. Abbas Waheed of H. Finimaage Aage proposes to develop an 11-Storey Building at H. Finimaage found in Block 21 on Bodufungandu Magu in Male’. The development comprises of 18 apartments, a car park at the ground floor and a shop at the basement. The total built-up area will be 1,020ft2 and the remaining 38ft2 will be left as open space. The basement will have an area of 617.85ft2. This EIA Report has been prepared in compliance fulfillment of the Environmental Protection and Preservation Act of Maldives (Law No. 4/93) and the Schedule D of the EIA Regulations 2012 towards getting environmental clearance to implement the project. In order to understand existing environmental conditions of the proposed project area, assessments have been undertaken including ambient noise levels, traffic volume and movement, groundwater, vegetation, physical condition of the surrounding buildings and roads were assessed. The highest noise levels recorded were from the southern side of the plot at the junction of Bodufungandu Magu and Burevi Magu having 53dB. The noise level in front of the plot is 49dB. The traffic flow is from south to north by the proposed plot and the majority of the traffic volume is motor cycles. An hourly flow of 52 motorcycles have been recorded. There is no vegetation found within the plot as it is entirely covered with an existing building. The adjacent plots including Finimaage, Meydhamaizandhoshuge, Elnilum and Elpaso all have existing buildings and there are no vegetation found in the immediate surrounding areas either. There are two existing buildings found adjacent to the proposed plot. A 5 storey building found in Finimaage located on the south of the plot and 2 storey and 3 storey blocks found in Meydhamaizandhoshuge located on the north of the plot. The entire plot has an existing building, most of which are single storey. However, two small areas within the plot presently have two storeys used for residential purpose. The condition of the road Bodufungandu Magu in which the plot is found was observed to be in good condition. No cracks or physical damages were observed. The environmental impacts that may be associated with the proposed project are predicted and assumed in the EIA Report. These environmental impacts are divided into construction phase and operation phase environmental impacts. Most of the construction phase environmental impacts are believed to occur from demolition, excavation, dewatering, construction activities, operation of construction machinery and vehicles and construction waste disposal. The main environmental impacts believed to occur during operation phase of the project include household waste and increased traffic. As part of the proposed project, a number of mitigation measures have been proposed in the EIA Report including using corrugated sheets supported by iron beams as a safety measure for protecting the excavated area for foundation, dewatering will be undertaken upon approval from EPA, while preparing the site ready for construction, measures such as installation of safety and dust protection nets, appropriate signage will be placed to make aware people on the development. Also, important mitigation measures that will be implemented include complete elimination of waste disposal during construction and operation stages of the development into the project boundaries. Although during construction of the project, negative environmental impacts from construction activities have been envisaged, with appropriate environmental management and mitigation measures, these impacts will be reduced to a considerable level. Also, with positive socio-economic outlook of the project and considering the overall importance of residential units in Male’ to alleviate housing stress, it is concluded that the project should go ahead as planned.en_US
dc.subjectBuilding constructionen_US
dc.subjectMulti-storey buildingsen_US
dc.subjectLegislative and regulatory considerationsen_US
dc.subjectExisting physical and biological environmenten_US
dc.subjectExisting structural environmenten_US
dc.subjectExisting socio-economic environmenten_US
dc.subjectConstructional impactsen_US
dc.subjectOperational impactsen_US
dc.subjectMitigation measuresen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental monitoringen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental impact assessmentsen_US
dc.titleEnvironmental impact assessment for the proposed 11-storey building development at H. Finimaage Aage, Male’en_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
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