Compensate me or build road elsewhere, says Taj Mall owner
09 October 2015, 12:51
Nairobi - The owner of Embakasi's Taj Mall says that he must be compensated or he will not move if the government wants to build a road on his piece of land.
Ramesh Gorasia says that the piece of land on which the building is built is legal and that if there are plans to demolish it, then he must get compensated.
He says that years of struggle building the huge mall cannot just go down to waste.
" I must be compensated or then the government must build the road elsewhere," he said Friday in an interview with News24.
He stated that the 3.69 acre piece of land that the Mall sits on was acquired legally in 1991 and 1995.
" I bought it in two phases and it is all very legal. The issue here is simple. I get compensated and we move on, or I stay," he added.
He was however unsure whether the government would compensate him for the damage.
" The total cost of compensation is about KES 15 billion. With all due respect, if the government has refused to pay teachers the same amount, what about me?," he posed.
According to the National Lands Commision NLC, the mall sits on a road reserve meant for continued construction of the to be rebuilt Outering Road.
He says that so far he is yet to receive any notice of eviction from the government and also that he has in his possession a letter from the Kenya Urban Roads Authority KURA authenticating his piece of land.
" I will not let this issue go without a fight. I can assure you," he added.
Tenants have already started vacating the expansive Mall after word got round that the NLC had declared the title deed illegal.
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