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|Title: ||Environmental impact assessment proposed mixed residential apartment building development ‘The Gardens’ in Hulhumale’, Maldives – Jausa Investments|
|Authors: ||Musthafa, Amir|
|Keywords: ||Project description|
Description of the existing environment
Legislative and regulatory considerations
Identification of impacts and significance
Environmental management and mitigation measures
|Issue Date: ||Nov-2017|
|Citation: ||Musthafa, A. (2017). Environmental impact assessment proposed mixed residential apartment building development ‘The Gardens’ in Hulhumale’, Maldives – Jausa Investments. Male': Maldives|
|Abstract: ||This report is based on the proposed mixed residential building construction in Plot No. D2-
1A, Hulhumale’. It is proposed to build two 12 storey towers, of which 2 storeys will be
allocated for commercial purposes. The project is being developed by Jausa Investment Pvt.
Ltd. and constructed by Jausa Construction Pvt. Ltd. Jausa Investment (Jausa) is to oversee
the development and project management including managing the EIA process.
An Environmental Impact Assessment was necessary for the works as per the requirements
of the signed agreement between Jausa. and Housing Development Corporation (HDC). 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 HDC to proceed. HDC is a 100%
government entity being given the responsibility to set guidelines and oversee all
developments in Hulhumale’.
The project is part of larger program by HDC to establish mixed residential buildings in
Hulhumale’. Therefore, many similar EIAs have been done recently. Apartments in these
buildings can generally be regarded as being targeted towards middle to upper class members
of the community. The project will contribute to the grand plan by the government of reducing
congestion in Male’ by providing more housing opportunities in Hulhumale’. By 2019, it is
projected that there will be over 1000 such housing units built in Hulhumale’.
The study was initially initiated in May 2017. The project however dragged on due to delays
in receiving some approvals from HDC. The existing environment at the project site does not
consist of any significant vegetation and the water test result shows normal water quality.
There are no residents living in close proximity to the site and there is no other structure at
the site as well. However there are numerous similar developments including K Park building
development in Plot D2 1B and Sandal Mauritius building in Plot D6 1C. The proposed site
also directly faces the Hulhumale’ central Park.
During the construction stage, health and safety standards of the workers at site, and waste
generation is the major areas of concern as is the case for all similar developments. With
proper planning and project management, this can be easily mitigated. Waste is the main
concern during the operational stage of the project as well. Since this will be developed as a
condominium with multiple tenants owning the rights of the building, it has to be ensured that
the tenants are held responsible to properly manage the waste in addition to maintaining the
building. Further impacts to the adjacent construction site is foreseen. However, this can be
mitigated with proper communication and planning before project implementation. Regarding alternatives, there are no viable alternatives available for the project with respect
to location. The no project option is also not plausible at this stage and possibilities are outside
the scope of this study. Other alternatives including material, foundation type, construction
methodology are not necessarily recommended. Recommendations had been made to proceed
with the project as planned.
An environmental monitoring plan is proposed to be carried out with 2 phases; one for the
construction stage, and one for 2 years post construction. Factors to investigate include
surveying the amount of waste generation, noise pollution, traffic flow, health and safety at
site and water quality.
All the impacts as highlighted in the project can be mitigated. The socio-economic benefits
to Greater Male’ City from projects such as these is high. It also provides additional housing
opportunities, which would contribute to alleviating the housing issues in Male’ City, and
therefore mitigating the issues related to congestion. Thus, after consideration of all these
perspectives, it is recommended that this project proceed as planned, after incorporating the
mitigation measures given in this study with the commitment to implementing the monitoring
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