Parklands residents in court to stop construction of 11-storey flat

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – Limuru Road, Nairobi, Hindu Temple in Parklands. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard]

Residents of City Park Estate in Parklands have sued a private developer building high-rise residential apartments in their neighborhood without approval.

In the petition filed in the National Environmental Tribunal on their behalf by David Njeru Ndamiri, the residents claim that the construction of the 11-storey apartments is a disaster that will cause health and safety problems in their upscale neighborhood.

They claim that despite a court order preventing Sustainable Development Solutions Limited, Ameey Homes Limited and Koch Construction Limited from proceeding with construction, the private developers proceeded with the project in complete disregard of the order.

“The private developers are suing the building in complete violation of the environmental risks raised by the residents,” Ndambiri said.

He told the court that the residential flats are being developed in a sewer-free zone which means they will dump their waste into the nearby Nairobi River, putting the lives of many at risk.

“They are incapable of building a private sewer line that violates the rights of members of the public to a clean and healthy environment,” Ndambiri said.

The construction of the 11-storey residential apartments was approved by Nema in December 2020 and it is proposed to have three and four bedroom apartments and other amenities.

Ndambiri adds that residents of City Park Drive and parts of Muthaiga Estate will suffer from apartments whose construction has twice been halted by the National Building Authority for failing to meet required standards.

They want the environmental tribunal to halt construction and order NEMA to conduct an environmental impact study before issuing approvals.

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