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|Title: ||Environmental impact assessment report for construction of 14 storey mix use building at STELCO compound, Male’|
|Authors: ||Land and Marine Environmental Resources Group|
|Keywords: ||Building construction|
Existing social environment
Environmental impact assessments
|Issue Date: ||Nov-2016|
|Citation: ||Land and Marine Environmental Resources Group. (2016). Environmental impact assessment report for construction of 14 storey mix use building at STELCO compound, Male’. Male': Maldives|
|Abstract: ||1.1 Background
This report is an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the development of a 14 storey
mix use building at State Electric Company Limited (STELCO) compound. The proponent of the
proposed project is State Electric Company Limited (STELCO).
1.2 Project Detail
The proposed project involves development of a mix use building in the compound of the
current STELCO plot, right next to the current STELCO head office building in Male‟. The
basement level and part of the ground level is dedicated to parking while the remaining area of
the ground floor is allocated for the lobby, circulation and showroom. The first floor of the
building is allocated for shops and the second and third floors are to be used as office spaces.
The fourth and fifth floor are dedicated for use as convention halls and floors six to ten are to be
used as offices. The floors eleven and twelve are allocated for residential apartments while the
thirteenth floor has recreational areas such as aerobics/saloons/pool bar/café/pool and
gymnasium. Finally, the fourteenth floor which is the terrace has a space allocated for the green
roof while the lower roof has tanks for rainwater collection.
As part of the construction works, ground improvement measures will be undertaken through
1.3 Key impacts, mitigation measures and alternatives
1.3.1 Key impacts
Impacts on the environment from various activities of the project have been identified through
interviews with the proponent, field data collection and surveys as well as based on past
experience in similar construction projects.
In any development project major direct impacts to the environment (either short-term or
long-term) occur mainly during the construction phase. Potential direct or indirect impacts which
are anticipated to arise due to the proposed works are as outlined below:
Ground water contamination/salinisation due to dewatering works. This is foreseen to
be minor and short termed.
Social impacts due to groundwater shortage: impact is foreseen to be minor and short
Noise and air pollution during the construction works due to machinery and
equipment; impact intensity will vary during different phases of the project
Vibration impacts during micropiling work
Impact on traffic due to road closure during foundation and floor slab casting periods:
minor to moderate impact which is short termed and only during a few days of the
Operational phase of the project is not envisaged to have significant negative impacts.
1.3.2 Mitigation measures
There are a number of actions that can be taken to minimize the identified impacts. Mitigation
measures are selected to reduce or eliminate the severity of any predicted adverse environmental
effects and improve the overall social and environmental performance of the project.
Mitigation measures are mainly discussed for the construction stage since no significant
operational impacts are envisaged in such projects apart from maintenance works. During the
construction stage it is important to take measures to minimize dust spread, assess adjacent
building condition during dewatering, excavation and micropiling works and monitor
groundwater shortages. Dewatering should also be carried out as per outlined in the Dewatering
Regulation which has been gazetted on 31st December 2013 and will come into effect from
January 31st 2014. Detailed mitigation measures are outlined in Table 21 of the report. The
report also highlights Grievance redress mechanisms in Section 10.1 of the report.
While the operational stage is not envisaged to have significant negative impacts, it should be
noted that the proponent has already identified certain measures to conserve energy, and
minimize the impact on the environment due to various operational activities. These measures
are identified in Section 5.10 of the report.
Given the scope of the project and the utilization of typical construction methodology and
foundation types, alternatives have only been considered for very few components including:
the method used for soil stabilization
discharge location of extracted ground water
Additionally, a „no-project‟ scenario has also been considered, but not considered feasible due
to the need for the project (increased office space and convention halls). Hence given that the
impacts to the environment due to the project are mostly minor impacts, this option has been
considered not feasible. Alternatives are discussed in Section 9 of the report. The Consultant
concludes that the proposed project and methods identified are feasible and can be carried out
with minimal impact on environment, especially through implementation of mitigtion measures
identified in the report.|
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