Tatu City developers fault Kiambu County over stalled construction projectsNovember 22, 2019
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22 – A section of Tatu City clients are still waiting for approval from the Kiambu County government to proceed with building plans, six months after the government declared Tatu city a Special planning Area.
The nod by the government was expected to cut planning and construction approval bureaucracy for homeowners and developers and fast track the city as a private sector development.
Head of Residential Sales at Tatu City Beatrice Njeri says the mixed-use development is still pushing the county for permission to proceed with the projects even as more residential homes come up.
“We are working continuously with the Kiambu County Government to ensure that we get approvals for our clients,” Njeri said.
“Very soon the services will be available from within Tatu City where the clients will get their approvals where we currently have over 6000 homes within Tatu City,” she adds.
Early this year, Tatu City said delay caused by the County Government in approving their building projects was halting the progress of the plant.
In 2017, Tatu City was awarded Special Economic Zone status, giving businesses in the zone benefits such as low corporate taxes and zero import duties.
The project was launched in November 2015 and has so far attracted numerous Kenyan, regional and multinational companies.
The projected is seated on a 5000-acre land filled with homes, schools, offices, medical clinic areas that are yet to be constructed and more than one industrial park expected to host factories.
Kijani Ridge, which will host many of the homes, sits on 250 acres with a total of 439 individually serviced plots.
The two schools in the area, Nova Pioneer, which offers local curriculum and Crawford School that is offering British curriculum have already opened shop in the area.
Other companies in Tatu Industrial Park include Unilever, Chandaria Industries, Dormans, Coopers K-Brands, Africa Logistics Properties, Kim-Fay, Davis & Shirtliff, Tianlong, Parma Medical, Stecol Corporation, Kenstar, Maxam, Monwalk, Freight Forwarders Kenya, Gallagher, Friendship Containers, Bakpharm and Shenzhen Star, among others.
“This is a 15-20-year project and it’s a legacy we are going to leave here, currently we are 20 percent complete, a clear indication that there is still a lot more to be done,” said Tatu City Commercial Sales Manager Tito Oduk.