Nairobi County government has given the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) seven days to present an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report from the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) on the construction of Hazina Towers and to also renew its building plans following the current County Government regulations.
County acting Secretary Gregory Mwakanongo has through a letter sent to the Chief Executive of NSSF said that they are yet to receive a functional and implemented traffic management master plan indicating actions to be taken regarding impact on neighbouring properties.
“These outstanding issues together with the need to renew your building plans following current Nairobi city county regulations should be addressed as a matter of urgency and not later than seven days from the date of this letter,” Mr Mwakanongo says in the letter.
He maintained that the county government will among other measures be forced to stop the construction of the building if NSSF does not adhere to the 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,” he said.
ROW OVER PARKING SPACE
The county government is also demanding Sh143 million for 85 parking spaces that have been obstructed by the structure.
“The issue of statutory payments for the 85 parking lots, which are enclosed or utilized by the project at an annual fee of Sh47.7 million totaling Sh143.2 million for the three years payable in advance has not been honoured”.
NAKUMATT WANTS CONSTRUCTION OF TOWERS STOPPED
The notice by the county government becomes the latest issue that NSSF has to contend with, which comes days after Nakumatt Supermarkets moved to obtain temporary orders against NSSF for the court to stop the ongoing construction of the Hazina Trade Centre which houses its Lifestyle branch in the CBD.
Nakumatt claims that it has lost Sh1.62 billion in business so far at the outlet owing to a drop in traffic since building works began and is seeking compensation for the same and further wants the court to block construction of the Sh6.7 billion tower until after 2023, when its lease expires.