, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 20 – The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has been given seven days to present an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report from the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) on the construction of Hazina Towers, or face action from City Hall.
The Nairobi County Government also wants NSSF to clear a Sh143 million bill for closed public lanes around the project within seven days, or risk stoppage of the construction.
In a letter sent to the Chief Executive of NSSF, County Acting Secretary Gregory Mwakanongo says they are yet to receive a functional and implemented traffic management master plan indicating actions to be taken regarding impact on neighbouring properties.
The county has also directed NSSF to renew its building plans following the current Nairobi County Government regulations.
“Failure to comply will lead to measures by National City County Government to enforce compliance as laid down by law, which will include, but not limited to stopping of the construction of the development,” the letter dated August 17, 2015 reads.
In November 2013, Governor Evans Kidero had reiterated that the Nairobi City County would not approve the construction of the proposed multi-billion shilling Hazina Towers until NSSF gets an updated EIA report from NEMA.
Kidero had revealed that the last report was obtained in 2006 and as such there was need for an assessment to be redone.
He stressed that he would not give the go ahead until all the safety requirements are fully met.
The plan involves the construction of a 31-storey office tower to add to the current eight floors, four basement levels, ground floor, two mezzanine and one podium that will result in a staggering 180-metre structure.
The building is located on Moktar Daddah road, in the Central Business District, and currently hosts Nakumatt Lifestyle.