Netherland’s Boskalis International has begun a 33-hectare reclamation project on Thulusdhoo Island in Kaafu Atoll.
The MVR 570 million (US$ 37 million) four-island reclamation project has garnered controversy with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stating that environmental regulations were violated in the recent dredging on Baa Atoll Eydhafushi Island.
Excavators used a method called the rainbow technique which propels sand and seawater through the air in an arc covering houses on the shoreline in fine sand and seawater.
In March, the EPA also halted dredging on Dhaalu Atoll Meedhoo for failure to build a barrier to contain excess dredge soil from spilling into the ocean.
In addition to Thulusdhoo, Eydhafushi, and Meedho, Boskalis will also be reclaiming land in Dhaalu Atoll Kudahuvadhoo Island.