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Title: Construction of a 9- storey building at the compound of adk hospital, Male’, Maldives
Authors: CDE Consulting
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2017
Citation: CDE Consulting. (2017). Construction of a 9- storey building at the compound of adk hospital, Male’, Maldives. Male': Maldives
Abstract: The purpose of this document is to fulfil the requirements to get necessary environmental clearance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement the proposed development of a 9-storey building at the compound of ADK hospital, Male’. The proponent of this project is ADK Hospitals Private Limited. The objective of this project is to execute the Phase 2 of the planned extension of the ADK Hospital. The project involves development of a 9-storey building in the compound of ADK hospital to accommodate skilled foreign staffs of the hospital. At the moment, the accommodations for these staffs are provided in rented apartments at the cost of the hospital. Hence, developing an adequate accommodation block for the staffs will not only relieve ADK hospital from this expense, it will also allow doctors and nurses to report instantly during times of emergency. The development will also add parking and office space. A total area of 381.7 sqm of land has been approved by Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure for the development. As accommodation units, a total of 108 rooms will be developed with attached toilets. Some of these units have been designed with kitchen, living area and a balcony. The ground floor of the building has parking and office space. It is estimated that approximately, 79 motorcycles or 19 cars can be parked in the area allocated. The proposed project covers: mobilisation, excavation and dewatering, foundation and concrete works, mechanical and electrical works, exterior and electrical works.. The project is estimated to take 18 months to complete. The proposed designs and plans are also generally in conformance to the laws and regulations of the Maldives. Additional approvals are required for the following before commencement of project activities. They include; dewatering application and approval before commencement of any dewatering activities; connections to sewer systems; water connections; power connections and approvals to use the building for housing. The project will be implemented on Abadha Ufaa Magu, a one way street from Sosun Magu. There are two other buildings owned and operated on both sides of the proposed site for the construction. The site is a vacant area with no vegetation. However there are some debris and other materials which will need to be cleared before commencement of project activities. The existing environment was assessed as part of this EIA. As such, groundwater condition in the project site, noise measurements and a traffic study was conducted. In addition a visual observation of the nearby buildings was carried out. Noise assessment showed that the noise level around the area beyond the recommended levels by IFC for residential areas and as per traffic study most number of vehicles are observed during the night from 10pm to 11pm. The negative impacts from this project are typical impacts associated with building in Male’. The most significant impact from this project during construction stage would be those associated with dewatering and potential damage to neighbouring buildings during excavation. Groundwater quality and soil condition may also be impacted through accidental leakage and spillage of oil and chemicals. Traffic is also expected to be moderately disrupted in the area during concreting works, as the one way road “Abadha Ufaa Magu” will need to be closed for a maximum two days and this will impact traffic flow on Sosun Magu. In addition, during concreting works it is anticipated that noise and air quality around the area will be negatively impacted. Since the area is a residential area, this impact is significant. The construction activities will also be an eyesore for the nearby residents. There will also be additional burden on waste management and utilities. The project mainly has positive socio-economic benefits, including increased direct and indirect job opportunities and improvement in health care services. During operational stage, one of the key impacts is the health and safety of the occupants of the building and demand on utility providers for power, water, sewerage and waste management. In addition, it is expected that demand for parking space and impact on traffic flow will be positively impacted during the operational stage of the building. The key mitigation measures for the construction stage include use of proper shoring methods, dewatering only when required, minimising traffic disruption by limiting working hours to evenings and weekends, and consulting with Maldives Traffic Police regarding traffic flow and road closure. To mitigate the impacts to air quality, it is recommended to keep the construction area damp at all times and to minimise the impact of noise to nearby residential houses and Villa TV, it is recommended to fence the site with solid panels Monitor all occupational areas to ensure noise levels do not exceed WHO standards. In addition, nearby properties must be notified by the proponent and an issues registry must be maintained. To avoid impacts on health and safety during operational stage, the building must be designed for fire and safety with sprinklers, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors installed. All the occupants must be trained atleast once a year. Alternative options were evaluated with “No Project” alternative and for the activities that are identified to have significant impacts on the project. These include options for shoring methods and foundation methods. The currently proposed options are preferred. Consultations were held with Health Protection Agency, MWSC, STELCO, WAMCO, Male’ City Council and nearby residents and businesses for this EIA. Neighbouring properties were mainly concerned about the noise levels during construction stage and impact on traffic flow. They recommended to conduct the work during off peak hours to minimize the impact of traffic congestion. The Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for this project is designed to produce a framework for anticipated impacts, including practicable and achievable performance requirements and systems for monitoring, reporting and implementing corrective actions. In addition, provide evidence of compliance to legislation, policies, guidelines and requirements of relevant authorities. Monitoring plan is designed to assess any changes to the physical environment as well as human environment. The total cost of mitigation and monitoring are estimated between USD 3,000 – 5,000 annually.The main conclusion of this report is to proceed with the project but after incorporating the mitigation measures proposed in this report. Safety of the adjacent buildings and occupational health and safety must be a priority.
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