Kariba housing project gets EMA nod

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Kaseke housing project

BY OBERT SIAMILANDU

KARIBA Municipality has been given the greenlight to resume its Kaseke housing project after obtaining an environmental impact assessment certificate (EIA) from the Environmental Management Agency (EMA).

Mayor George Masendu confirmed the development to NewsDay Weekender yesterday, saying: “The project can now start for the betterment of Kariba. We are expecting the contractor to be back on site soon.”

EMA stopped the project last year citing absence of an EIA certificate, among other issues.

An EIA is a critical examination of the negative and positive impacts of any development activity on the environment.

“Council is permitted to operate in accordance with part X1 of the Environmental Management Act (Chapter 20:27) under the specified terms and conditions,” EMA said.

The project, which took off in 2003 under Pinnacle Holdings, then moved to Municipality of Kariba before government took it over last year, is set to benefit thousands of homeseekers in the resort town.

Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs and Devolution minister Mary Mliswa-Chikoka last year said the project should be speeded up as it was of national importance.

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