By Shadrack Nyakoe
Residents of City Park Estate in Parklands have moved to court to sue a private developer building high-rise residential apartments in their neighbourhood without approval.
In an application filed at the Environmental and Lands Court by David Njeru Ndamiri, the residents claim that the construction of the 11-story apartments is a disaster that will cause health and security challenges to their neighbourhood.
They claim that despite a court order stopping the developers from continuing with the construction, the private developers have continued with the project in total disregard of the order.
“The private developers are continuing with the building in total breach of environmental hazards raised by the residents,” said Ndambiri.
Through their legal representative, Wageni and Company Advocates, they told the tribunal that the residential apartments are being developed in an area with no sewer line, which means they will be discharging their waste into the nearby Nairobi River, thus endangering the lives of many.
“They are unable to construct a private sewer line which violates the rights of members of the public to a clean and healthy environment,” said Ndambiri.
Construction of the 11-storey residential apartments was approved by Nema in December 2020 and is proposed to have three and four-bedroom apartments and other amenities.
The residents say they have been alarmed by the construction that had earlier been suspended by the National Construction Authority (NCA).
It is said on May 31st this year, Westlands Sub-County Commandant forcefully removed security barriers erected at the boundary thus allegedly giving more space to the interested parties to enable them to speed up the ongoing construction.
They want the environment tribunal to stop the construction and order NEMA to conduct an environmental impact assessment before issuing any approvals.