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construction Of Southern Bypass Halted by NEMA [VIDEO]

The National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) has stopped construction of  the Nairobi Southern Bypass over its encroachment on a national park.

The National Environmental Tribunal has ordered construction stopped on the 5km segment of the road between Ole Sereni Hotel and Carnivore Restaurant as it is excluded from the license and encroached on the Nairobi National Park.

The tribunal asked the Transport and Infrastructure ministry to degazette the section of the national park if it wants to continue building the road.

A four judge panel ruled unanimously that the Southern Bypass would cut across the national park thereby violating the environmental.

“Nema ought not to have licensed construction of the whole bypass if it deemed it likely to affect the park and the biodiversity there in irreparably,” said the judges.

The case which was filed in February last year by environmental activist Paula Kahumbu has dragged the project for more than a year.

The case which was filed in February last year by environmental activist Paula Kahumbu has dragged the project for more than a year.

The 30km road project, which was officially launched by former President Mwai Kibaki last year, is aimed to link heavy traffic flow on the Mombasa Road near the Ole Sereni Hotel running along the Nairobi National Park fence across Langata Road into Kikuyu town to join the Nairobi-Nakuru highway at Rironi near Limuru.

The road, which is being built by China is financed by the Kenyan and Chinese governments, is expected to cost Sh17.5 billion.

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