Public hearing on proposed transport termini at Asian Quarters held

NEMA’s head of EIA, Ms. Marrian Kioko speaking during the public hearing in Nyeri [PHOTO: A.
KAMIRI/NEMA]

By Agnes Kamiri

The public hearing for the proposed transport termini of Asian Quarter, bus station, modern stalls, business park and social amenities was held on 20th February, 2020 at the project site, Asian quarters in Nyeri county. The public hearing was organized by NEMA based on the high environmental public concerns and comments raised by interested stakeholders concerning the proposed project. Prior to the public hearing, a Government Agencies meeting was held at the Deputy Commissioners office on 19th February, 2020 in Nyeri. The aim of the meeting was to give Government Agencies a chance to comment on the EIA report of the project. The meeting was chaired by the Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Joseph Mwangi. The proposed project will have business stalls, Matatu bus park, Garage, Administrative block for county government, police post, fire station, lavatories, one elevated tank, 4 storey commercial centre. A road to the Asian quarter will also be constructed. The project will occupy an area of 9.6 acres. According to the proponent of the project, the project
will have very many positive impacts. These includes; a green park, employment creation, improved security in the area, decongest Nyeri town, provision of walk ways, as there will be daily passage of about 30,000 people daily. The project will upgrade Nyeri town and it will change the face of Nyeri town.
The negative impacts of the project are; noise pollution, decommissioning plan of the dumpsite, air pollution. The project indicated that the proponent of
the project who is the County Government of Nyeri, will mitigate the concerns raised by planting trees after the completion of the project, Build houses to
serve as buffer to mitigate noise and dust. The project has already started despite the Authority issuing several improvement notices to the county
government of Nyeri and the contractor to stop construction works for the bus termini without an EIA license.

During the hearing, members of the public accused NEMA of halting the project and said that the officials are being used by those opposed to the project. The project is worth Kshs. 600m and it’s being funded by the World Bank.
Speaking on behalf of the Director General, Ms. Marian Kioko said that NEMA is not against the
project but it’s simply carrying out its mandate to involve the public and ensuring that every Kenyan
has the right to a clean environment. In her closing remarks she said that with the information collected from the hearing, NEMA will work with all the Lead Agencies concerned, before making a decision. She indicated that NEMA will make an independent decision and all due process
will be followed. The meeting was chaired by the Area Chief, Mr. Liaulo on behalf of the County Commissioner. Also present during the hearing was the County Government Officials led by Dr. Kwai Wanjaria, CEC in charge of environment. Also in attendance was the Area MCA Mr. Kanyari and former Nyeri MP, Esther Murugi. The Lead Agencies represented included NLC, WRMA, Public Health and Physical planning.

NEMA invites comments for road inside Nairobi Park

NAIROBI, KENYA: NEMA has sent out a 30 day public notice for submission of comments in regards to the proposed inland container depot Nairobi access road line along the inner boundary of Nairobi National Park. Kenya Railways is proposing to construct a 4.153km access road linking the Nairobi Inland Container Depot (ICD) to the Southern Bypass road along the inner boundary of the Nairobi National Park.
 The road’s starting point will connect the west entrance of the ICD running through the inner boundary of the park and the end forming a partial “pear-shaped” interchange with the Southern bypass road. “We have received report on the above project pursuant to laid down regulations,” said NEMA’s Director General through a public notice. “Members of the public have upto April 28 to assist the Authority in the decision making process for this project,” added the Director. Avoid fake news! Subscribe to the Standard SMS service and receive factual, verified breaking news as it happens. Text the word ‘NEWS’ to 22840 According to local media report, a stakeholder’s forum called on behalf of Kenya Railways by Environment Management Consultancy held at Kenya Wildlife Service March received disapproval from the public. Participants raised issues on why the road was not planned when the SGR and Southern bypasses were being aligned and why the public consultation was taking place whereas the route the road is to take has already been marked and clearance is ongoing.
Read more at: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2001274815/public-given-30-days-to-comment-on-road-inside-nairobi-national-park

Proposed construction of 27 floors CBK pension tower

The Proponent, CBK Pension Fund has proposed to embark on an iconic project development to build its Pension tower of twenty seven floors (27) on plot L.R
209/4976 and 4977 within Nairobi city. The exact location of the mentioned proposed project is in between Harambee Lane and Haile Selassie Lane, situated
behind AGIP house the proposed site is currently a parking area for the CBK pension fund staff.

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Proposed buildings could make Nairobi ‘new roof of Africa’

Source: Nation Media A section of the Nairobi skyline. Nairobi surprised critics this week with its appetite for new buildings when the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) announced six planned storeyed projects. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By JAMES KARIUKI

Nairobi surprised critics this week with its appetite for new buildings when the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) announced six planned storeyed projects.

While several banks’ gave a grim forecast of Nairobi’s skyscrapers and malls, Nema reports indicate that several properties with more than 25 floors are planned in Westlands, Upper Hill and a residential property in Kasarani at Clayworks, which will see 560 units put up in 14-storeyed blocks.

The latest was CBK’s Pension Fund last Thursday, which sought approval for construction of a mixed development property comprising a 300-vehicle parking yard, restaurant, auditorium, offices and a penthouse on its 27th topmost floor.

Nema also declared a similar 30-day period for the public to give their views on two other properties, Greenfield Developers Ltd’s 35-floor mixed development property comprising offices, retail parking space and serviced apartments off Haile Selassie Avenue in Upper Hill totalling 35 floors.

On its part, the report said that Alexander Forbes’ property would comprise twin towers where one would be 20 floors high, housing 200 retail parking spaces, offices and retail space for letting out, while the other would house office suites rising to 33 floors.

“The developments are advised by the enormous demand for high-end offices that is yet to be satiated, especially in Upper Hill and Westlands,” said Nema’s report.

Upper Hill, dubbed Africa’s fastest rising high-end central business district, has recorded some of Kenya’s and East Africa’s finest buildings. They include the recently completed UAP Towers rising 33 floors that agent Knight Frank has started leasing.

Cytonn’s  investments manager Maurice Oduor says, “Kenya could achieve between 5.5 to 6.5 per cent growth if it manages to keep politics out of business in the next year.”

Financial group Britam is also putting the final touches to its 31-floor headquarters, while KCB Group — one of Africa’s leading banks — is preparing to move into its newly finished 24-floor building at Upper Hill.

Several proposals have also been placed by private firms for construction of high-rise buildings, among them Hass Tower 1 and Upper Hill Square, whose sites are now under preparation for Africa’s highest buildings at 66 floors. Currently, South Africa’s Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, at 50 floors, is the highest building on the continent.

Interestingly for Hass, it plans to build a second tower with 40 floors at the same venue.