Nairobi water and sewerage project land grabbed

Nairobi water and sewerage project land grabbed

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Out of 4,440 acres of land in the 11 water and sewerage facilities in Nairobi county, a total of 2,725.80 acres have been encroached on by people claiming its ownership.
The 11 water and sewerage facilities whose parcels of land have been allocated to individuals include 2,603.43 acres in Dandora sewerage works, 33.69 acres of Kariobangi sewerage WWTP, 34.04 acres of Kabete treatment works and tanks, 4.36 acres of Karura reservoir, 0.74 from Loresho reservoir, 0.44 Farasi lane pumping station and 5.12 at Karen ponds.
Other parcels of land grabbed are 0.69 of Karen break pressure tank, 9.88 acres in Kahawa West treatment ponds, and 33.42 acres of Eastleigh former sewerage treatment plant.
Briefing members on the progress of the government and World Bank funded water and sanitation projects in the county, Joshua Ichang’i from the Athi Water Development Agency said the water and sewerage facility at Outer Ring tower is also at risk as it was originally measuring 0.250 hectares that has greatly reduced through encroachment.
Kikuyu Springs Water Source measuring 11.2 acres and Gigiri Reservoirs 31.1 acres are presently at risk of being grabbed.
Staff quarters at Gigiri water offices have also been encroached on.
Residents of Loresho blocked a contractor from accessing the estate to install a pipeline at a 650 metres stretch of riparian land where there is a stream. This has delayed the progress of the Sh3.5 million Nairobi City Water Distribution Modification project works, as residents have taken the matter to court.
Encroachment has led to court cases that have stalled the City Water Distribution Modification project works.