The National Construction Authority (NCA) has warned developers with stalled or abandoned construction works to adhere to safety standards or have their structures demolished and repossessed by the government.

In a notice issued by the regulatory authority on 1st September 2020, noted that the abandoned construction sites and excavations posed a safety hazard to the public. “Developers with abandoned construction sites and deep excavations shall present to the Authority a structural integrity report from a structural engineer within 30 days from the date of the notice and a plan to proceed with works,” reads the notice. The Authority said that failure by developers to present the report will lead to necessary remedial action including but not limited to demolition and or repossession of the land by the government of Kenya.

In the notice NCA also requires all developers with ongoing, abandoned or planned construction works with excavations exceeding a 3-metre depth to submit a geotechnical site investigation report detailing slope stability, monitoring programs and detailed studies of the effects of adjacent structures.

The abandoned structures, especially in urban areas, have been linked to an increase in crime in some estates. At the same time, excavations left by contractors pose a danger of drowning for children as well as a vector for water-borne diseases.