EIA PROCESS TRACKER

Nairobi Expressway Project

In mid-October 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Nairobi Expressway. The expressway is a 27 Km four lane dual carriage way, which runs along the median strips of Mombasa Road (starting at Mlolongo), Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki Way, (terminating at James Gichuru Road). It is to be tolled and will have ten interchanges.

The KShs. 62 Billion development is to be undertaken as a Public Private Partnership with the China Road and Bridge Construction Corporation (Kenya) (CRBC) on a build-operate-transfer model. That is, the concessionaire, CRBC, will finance, build and operate the tolled road for 30 years during which it will recover its costs (with interest) before transferring its operation to the Kenyan National Highways Authority (KeNHA).

The project faced opposition due to reports that it would hive off some 23 meters of Uhuru Park, which KeNHA considers part of the road reserve for Uhuru Highway. Despite these assurances, the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Study Report (ESIA Study) still suggests that there will be significant impacts on Uhuru Park and other ecologically sensitive areas around the Thika Interchange, Chiromo, Nyayo Stadium and the Railways Golf Club.

Location

Scoping Phase

Date of approval of the Scoping Report or Comprehensive Summary of the Project Report & TOR:
11 October 2019
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EIA Study Phase

Date of commencement of the EIA Process:
11 October 2019
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Newspaper Notices

Name of newspaper in which the notice was advertised:
Date of newspaper publication of a notice on the proposed project:
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Name of newspaper in which the notice was advertised:
Date of newspaper publication of a notice on the proposed project:
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Radio Announcements

Name of radio station in which the announcement was advertised:
Date of radio announcement of a notice on the proposed project:
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Name of radio station in which the announcement was advertised:
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC)
Date of radio announcement of a notice on the proposed project:
5 March 2020
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Public Meetings

Date of the public meeting:
20 November 2019
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Date of the public meeting:
19 November 2019
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Date of the public meeting:
11 December 2019
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Date of the public meeting:
10 December 2019
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Date of the public meeting:
27 November 2019
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Date of the public meeting:
26 November 2019
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Date of the public meeting:
22 November 2019
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Date of the public meeting:
21 November 2019
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Date of Submission of EIA Study Report to NEMA:
16 January 2020
Title of EIA study report:
NEMA/EIA/5/2/1688 - Environmental Impact Assessment Study Report for the Proposed Nairobi Expressway Project
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Analysis of the EIA study phase:

A number of observations were made regarding various aspects of the EIA study phase as follows:-

  • The ESIA Report does not contain the Terms of Reference that ought to have informed the preparation of the ESIA Report. Nor does it contain a Scoping Report which should have been the basis for the preparation of Terms of Reference for NEMA’s approval.
  • Generally, certain procedural requirements regarding public participation were not observed specifically in relation to Regulation 17 (2) of the EIA Regulations which requires the project proponent to publicize the project in both official and local languages in a radio station with nationwide coverage.

EIA Study Review Phase

Newspaper Notices

Name of newspaper in which the notice was advertised:
Standard Newspaper
Date of newspaper publication of a notice on the proposed project:
24 February 2020
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Daily Nation Newspaper
Date of newspaper publication of a notice on the proposed project:
24 February 2020
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Date of publication of invitation for public comments in the Kenya Gazette:
28 February 2020
Title of the Kenya Gazette notice:
Gazette Notice Volume: CXXII No. 40. Invitation for public comments for the Environmental Impact Assessment Study Report for the proposed Nairobi Expressway project in Nairobi City County
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Date on which the public hearing was held:
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Your Comments

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Final Decision

Establishment of a technical advisory committee (YES/NO):
No
NEMA’s decision on the EIA license application (APPROVED/NOT APPROVED):
Approved
Date of Decision:
2 April 2020
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Environmental Audits

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Additional Information

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