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|Title: ||First addendum to the environment impact assessment prepared for the proposed Hulhule’-Male’ bridge project|
|Authors: ||CDE Consulting|
|Keywords: ||Bridge projects|
Legislative and regulatory considerations
Existing natural and biological environment
Environmental management plan
Environmental monitoring plan
Environmental impact assessments
|Issue Date: ||Jan-2016|
|Citation: ||CDE Consulting. (2016). First addendum to the environment impact assessment prepared for the proposed Hulhule’-Male’ bridge project. Male': Maldives|
|Abstract: ||The purpose of this document is to assess the potential environmental impacts and mitigation
measures for the proposed changes to the Hulhulé-Malé Bridge project. This document is an
addendum to the original Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared for the Bridge
project in November 2015. The proponent of this project is Ministry of Housing and
The main changes to the project includes expansion of the work site in Malé, and the addition
two concrete batching to the project work site in Malé. The main rationale for these changes is to
speed up the project, and to reduce the project costs.
The study area for the purpose of the addendum is the project work site in Male’ and
Hulhumale’. The baseline conditions of the site are largely based on the original EIA documents.
Additional information on major changes to the environment is provided where appropriate.
The proposed developments are generally in conformance to the laws and regulations of the
The key impacts from the proposed changes are due to site clearance of Male’ worksite and
operation of batching plants at Male’ worksite. The clearance of the proposed expanded work
site requires removal of hundreds of trees. Trees will be relocated where possible. Impacts from
the operation of the batching plants include high noise levels, loss of visual amenity and specific
impacts related to the wastewater disposal.
Significant impacts on the natural environment include impacts on terrestrial ecology from the
site clearance of the expanded worksite. Hundreds of trees may potentially need to be removed
or relocated. Further impacts on natural environment include impacts on marine ecology due to
disposal of wastewater from the batching plants. Social impacts from the additional components
include high noise levels from the operation of batching plants and loss of visual amenity.
A number of mitigation measures are proposed for the most significant impacts from the project.
These include testing and monitoring of wastewater quality before disposal, limiting hours of
batching plants operation to daytime and use of fences or walls to prevent transmission of dusts.
Alternatives have been proposed for wastewater disposal methods, waste water dispose location,
location of the batching plants and alternative location for Male’ worksite. Options for
wastewater disposal methods include direct disposal of wastewater via the existing sewerage
network, direct disposal into sea, and reuse of wastewater after passing through a settling tank
and after treatment. The last option is identified as the most ecologically preferred option,
however, the option may not be feasible due to significantly high cost.
This report is prepared in accordance to the technical guidelines and EIA regulations, prepared
by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the terms of reference issued by the EPA
for this EIA addendum.|
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