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Dandora dumpsite to be turned into leisure park

Thursday November 11 2010

Maribou storks scavenge for food as a truck drives in with fresh garbage at the Dandora dump site on September 24, 2010. An international tender has been placed to invite bidders for the historic makeover of the biggest dumpsite in the country. Photo/FILE

Maribou storks scavenge for food as a truck drives in with fresh garbage at the Dandora dump site on September 24, 2010. An international tender has been placed to invite bidders for the historic makeover of the biggest dumpsite in the country. Photo/FILE 

By NATION correspondent

Dandora dumpsite will be turned into a recreation park at a cost of Sh600 million, the City Council of Nairobi has said.

An international tender has been placed to invite bidders for the historic makeover of the biggest dumpsite in the country.

The councils’ spokesman, Mr Wilfred Marube, in a statement said:

“The site will be relocated to Ruai, after a three-year decommissioning. The makeover and the decommissioning is expected to cost about Sh600 million.”

The council has also invited companies to help in the decommissioning, which begins in January.

Mr Isaac Muraya, director of the environment at the council, said: “Indiscriminate waste disposal practices take place at the site at the moment.

“All types of waste are disposed without proper separation which is a health hazard to residents.”

Mr Muraya added that the decommissioning of the 30 hectares, include building a drainage system, extraction of harmful gases such as methane, beautification and landscaping.

Dandora dumpsite was set up in 1981, and since then, garbage has been burnt in the open, which is environment unfriendly. The work is expected to create about 2,000 jobs, according to the council.

Meanwhile, the council will also establish a multimedia contact centre, which will be a one-stop centre for all basic council services such as customer care.

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