EPA orders halt of Hulhudhoo harbor development project

S. Hulhudhoo harbor. (Photo / MTCC)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered the contractor to halt land reclamation and dredging works in the project to develop harbor in Hulhudhoo and Hulhumeedhoo of Addu City.

EPA said it gave the order on Wednesday, because the project was being run in violation of the Environmental Impact Assessment report acceptance letter issued by the agency.

Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC), which was contracted the Hulhudhoo harbor project, states it has completed 90 percent of the work on the project.

This project involves the reclamation of an 88,623-cubic-meter area, construction of a 114-meter breakwater, 624-meter revetment, 742-meter quay wall, and installation of pavements and lights in a 2,250-square-meter area.

The MVR 66.3 million project was contracted to MTCC on March 1, 2020.