07-10-2019 by redazione
Probably in two weeks will be given the green light to the construction of the tallest skyscraper in East Africa that, if it is completed as intended by the company that has long presented the project called "Palm Exotjica", will be based in the Kenyan resort of Watamu.
The project for a 61-storey and 370 meter high skyscraper, designed by Italian architect Lorenzo Pagnini, was commissioned by a fellow countryman, Giuseppe Moscarino, owner of the land located about 200 meters from the sea in the area of Turtle Bay in Watamu.
The last meeting with local residents and a representation of institutions, including Parliamentary Owen Baya, ministers of Kilifi County and security authorities, held in recent days on the same land where it should be built, has in fact expressed general approval for the construction of the skyscraper. Now the final word goes to NEMA, the executive arm of the National Ministry of the Environment. NEMA has been studying for some time the environmental feasibility study presented by the company Palm Exotjca which, in addition to Moscarino's name, supports Swiss, American and Dubai investors and has already promised, on the margins of the structure never dared before in Kenya, a series of facilities for local citizens, from schools to health facilities, in addition to the use of labourers since the opening of the site and the use of suppliers from the coast.
For now, the only obstacle seems to be the negative opinion of the Minister of Tourism Najib Balala, the only politician who has always sided against the construction of Palm Exotjca in Watamu. "Go and do it in Mombasa or Nairobi," he commented several times. On the same position are the British residents of Watamu, neighbors and members of environmental associations, but also experienced builders who have serious doubts that on a plot of only 4 acres can be erected a skyscraper of 61 floors.
In any case, Palm Exotjca's telenovela (or "medianovela") seems to have come to an end. If everything goes as if it were ventilated, in two weeks' time another one will open up, that of the construction.
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