EPA assesses possible reef damage from bridge platform

Work ongoing at the Thilamale' Bridge. (Photo /Afcon)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has initiated an assessment to identify possible damages to the reef after a platform used for the construction of the Thilamale’ Bridge wrecked on the Vilimale’ reef.

The incident took place on Tuesday afternoon.

EPA’s Director General Ibrahim Naeem told Sun on Wednesday morning that the agency was assessing possible damages to the reef.

“We will know whether to impose a fine or what will be done if there is any damage to the reef once the assessment concludes,” he said.

Three workers sustained minor injuries in the incident and were treated at the hospital.

The construction of the Thilamale’ Bridge was contracted to India’s Afcons Infrastructure on August 26, 2021. The groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held on August 2, during President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s visit to India.