Metro Hotel guests complain of flooded rooms

By The Weekly Vision

There is growing concern over the state of drainage and sewerage system along the busy Koinange Street in Nairobi which is home to many hotels. Investigations conducted by The Weekly Vision established that the construction of the Metro Hotel was a major factor.
The hotel developer was controversially given the green light to put up the 12 story building despite the structure seating directly on a sewer and drainage intersection line. However, the environmental situation is worrying as a wisp of bad odour is felt all along the road, once famous for the ladies of the night; the road is also home to several discotheques, i.e Kengeles, Dolce and others. The busy street becomes a pool of stagnant impassable river after a downpour due to blocked drainage blamed on poor planning by city engineers.

This writer spoke to several patrons at the establishment who include senior people in government and the private sector; all wondered how city engineers, planners and NEMA gave the green light to develop the 12-floor facility on a sewer line

The consequent effect of the hotel development that also runs a bar and restaurant is that bathrooms and toilets are continually flooded or blocked, denying patrons basic services.

This writer spoke to several patrons at the establishment who include senior people in government and the private sector; all wondered how city engineers, planners and NEMA gave the green light to develop the 12-floor facility on a sewer line. The writer established that patrons who include tourists and local visitors have on many accessions complained to authorities of the situation after finding bathrooms and urinals blocked as water remains stagnant even after flushing.

This they say is a clear sign that all is not well at the facility, built 6 years ago and owned by a city lawyer who also runs another hotel on Tom Mboya Street. Guests are demanding a total overhaul of the sewerage system on the road. They want NEMA to do an audit and thorough overhaul of the facility as it poses an environmental disaster.

There are fears city-county top planners and NEMA managers may have been duped or compromised to allow the construction to go on. This writer established that the “obstruction” has affected many other neighbouring buildings causing frequent sewer manholes to burst! A manager at the facility who agreed to speak to us, dismissed the claims saying it was “a minor problem” being “fixed” but a physical check established that was not the case, the manager arrogantly told this writer to go “write what you want we meet in court!” the challenge now is squarely on the doors of NEMA.

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