The Edition
facebook icon twitter icon instagram icon linkedin icon


News / EPA

A. Dh. Huruelhi fined MVR 28 million for failure to complete EIA

Anaan Bushry
23 January 2023, MVT 13:38
An aerial view of the Radisson Blu Resort Maldives, featuring water villas on it's north and south end. PHOTO: RADISSON BLU RESORT MALDIVES
Anaan Bushry
23 January 2023, MVT 13:38

A fine of MVR 28 million has been imposed on Huruelhi Investment for its failure to complete the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) before commencing work on the coastal protection project on Alifu Dhaalu atoll Huruelhi island, where Radisson Blu Resort Maldives is located.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Sunday that, per the agency's request, Huruelhi Investment submitted an incident report on 28 November, 2022. It detailed how the company dredged a 1,055 square meter area and mined 1,582 square meters of sand to build a 60 square meter harbour. The company had then placed the sand it had mined behind the quay wall of the newly constructed harbour.

The harbour project was initiated on 15 July, 2022, and it was completed on 30 September, 2022, according to the report submitted to EPA.

The EPA said Huruelhi Investment failed to comply with EIA procedures in its construction of the harbour as part of a coastal development project.

Huruelhi was consequently assessed and fined a total of MVR 28.5 million for environmental damages, of which MVR 20,000 was for initiating the project without submitting the EIA report.

On January 19, EPA gave Huruelhi a deadline of 30 days to pay the penalties.

Share this story