|Abstract: ||This report is based on the proposed 14 storey building construction at the residence, Ma.
Manaage in the capital city, Male’. The project is being developed and constructed by
Rainbow Construction Pvt. Ltd. to undertake the construction works and project
management including overseeing the EIA process.
An Environmental Impact Assessment was necessary for the works outlined in this report as
they fall under ‘Jadhuvalu R’ of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2012 of
the Maldives. In addition to meeting the regulatory requirements, the report would further
assist the proponent and important stakeholders to make decisions based on favourable
environmental conditions with the main focus on sustainability. The project also adheres to
several other rules and regulations in the Maldives and has obtained permit from the Male’
city council for the project to proceed.
The area the project is proposed to be undertaken is a moderately built area in the heart of
Male’, more towards the western side. There is no natural terrestrial environment at site,
although there are some roadside vegetation in the area. The existing environment therefore
was focussed on the regional climate of Male’, and the traffic distribution, and noise
pollution in the area. As could be seen from the data, this area does not encourage much
traffic relative to the busier roads in Male’. A general exterior overview of the existing
structures in the area was also observed. It was found that most of the buildings in the area
were in good condition. Older buildings were mostly single storey structures. Therefore,
serious structural defects are expected to be at a minimum. However, the report
recommends to undertake a structural defects inspection study of the buildings in the same
block as the proposed site by civil engineering experts.
The overall environmental impacts of the project have been assessed using frameworks
found in literature. Since the development is undertaken in a moderately built area, the
results indicate that the proposed project has neutral impact. However, there are some
significant impacts on the environment during the construction phase of the project and
these needs to be mitigated to avoid any significant damage to the environment.
Significance of the impacts and mitigation measures have been provided based on previous
similar projects undertaken in the Maldivian environment and based on literature.
The main cause for concern regarding this project is the impact it will have on neighbours
residing in this area. As such, several short-term impacts are envisaged including air
pollution, noise pollution, aesthetic impacts, and safety concerns. As there are numerous
high storey building projects being undertaken in Male’, there is no particular long term
impact associated with this project. One significant impact specific to this project is impact on the roadside vegetation during transportation of machinery and equipment. The impacts
that do occur however can be easily mitigated to minimise and/or completely nullify them.
The first mitigation measure proposed includes creating awareness among the construction
staff and neighbours regarding the scope of the project. Other measures include taking
protective measures to ensure people residing and utilising the vicinity will not have to
endure the impacts during the construction stage. Foundation protection measures are
recommended and are provided as part of the project to prevent impact on neighbouring
structures in addition to a 1m offset from the adjacent building. Dewatering procedure also
needs to be undertaken with care, details of which are given in the report. Care should also
be taken to prevent any damage to the vegetation on the road during transport of machinery
Alternatives, including the no project option and alternatives for some project components
are also discussed. Regarding project design, a few alternatives are recommended for the
swimming pool, provide a green area at the terrace, while the pros and cons of making a
larger parking area is also discussed.
An environmental monitoring program is provided at the end of the report, which provides
details on the parameters to monitor on site, and the frequency in which it needs to be done.
Estimated costs for the monitoring works are given. Implementation of the program is
essential for the sustainable development of the project.
In conclusion, it is discussed the impact such major housing projects have for the increasing
population density in Male’, and how it can be prevented at a policy level. However, taking
this project as a standalone development project in an already heavily built island city, it can
be concluded that no significant long-term impacts are predicted. Therefore, it is
recommended that the project go ahead as proposed with precautions and mitigation
measures in place.|