The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has cleared a backlog of 4,400 pending development approval applications through the new e-construction system.

The backlog began last year after Nairobi Governor suspended the county’s urban planning chief and 16 members of the county’s planning technical committee between August and September of last year. President Uhuru Kenyatta had on March 18 2020 directed the NMS to streamline projects development and clear approvals that had accumulated following the takeover of County functions.

The NMS team led by Maj. General Badi has found effectiveness with the aid of the e-construction system for development applications approval processing.  “In May, we gained administrator and super access rights of the e-construction system, which has enabled us to incorporate competent processing of the development applications for approval in a timely and predictable way,” Maj. Badi, said.

Earlier in May, there was a significant public outcry and confusion after the NMS Director General in a public notice announced the suspension of use of the e-construction system together with development approvals dating back to the month of March. The issue was later resolved and the order reversed.

NMS has since constituted a new multi-sectoral urban planning technical committee to handle building plans and approvals in Nairobi County. In a public notice issued on 6th July 2020 by NMS, Maj. Badi noted that all planning approvals will be handled from the Director General’s office at the KICC second floor, meaning that the public will be required to physically submit all the property development applications there. “For the avoidance of any doubt, all planning/development complaints, applications or Hoarding, occupation, renovation permits and hard copy prints of approved drawings are to be submitted to the second floor, amphitheater wing of KICC,” Badi noted. In addition, Maj. Badi observed that all development permits issued as from March 18, 2020, must be processed within the above framework or risk being declared null and void.