TILISI INVESTS KES64M ON FLOOD PROTECTION DEVELOPMENT
Tilisi Developments has announced the investment of Sh64m of the Sh700m infrastructure spend for its new town in Limuru on flood-protection for its Phase 1 logistics park.
The project, across open drains, cutoff drains and lagoons in a policy move to completely safeguard its 400-acre new town from the flooding that continues to plague much of the rest of Nairobi.
Rainy season flooding in and around Nairobi remains a severe issue. Recently, hundreds of motorists and travelers were stranded overnight on the Mombasa highway following a traffic jam that lasted more than 20 hours during heavy downpours and floods.
“Our site is located on a sloping landscape, which presents minimal risks for floods, but we have, nonetheless, invested in digging two open-air lagoons, just in our first phase, filled via a comprehensive open drain system that captures excess water in the rainy season,” said Zablon Okumu, Tilisi developments project manager.
Each plot has a minor cut-off drain, connecting to a central drainage system built on the new town’s arterial roads. The drains are being built of precast concrete, which is more durable than plastic pipes that are susceptible to breakage. The drains are 1.5 meter deep to hold more runoff water.
“Flooding is just a peril that we have to build to eradicate,” said Ranee Nanji, the co-CEO of Tilisi Developments.