Concern over proliferation of filing stations in Mombasa suburbs

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has raised the red flag over the mushrooming of filing stations in Mombasa’s residential areas.

NEMA County Director Stephen Wambua says the operations of these filing stations could lead to disaster if steps are not taken to stop them.

He identified Kisauni and Changamwe sub-counties as the most affected and wants issuance of licenses to new fuel and liquefied petroleum gas stations in residential areas halted.

We are in talks with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on how to curb the mushrooming of petroleum retail outlets in residential estates, he said.

He said NEMA and ERC will soon embark on an exercise to close down petrol stations sitting in undesignated areas across the coastal city.

Wambua said many of the fuel service stations could be operating illegally, and are in breach of safety standards set by the ERC.

He said NEMA and ERC will be carrying out joint continuous inspection of petrol stations to ensure they adhere to quality industry standards.

The county environment director was speaking on Wednesday during a county steering committee meeting chaired by County Commissioner Evans Achoki.

Achoki said his office will liaise with NEMA and ERC to see to it that fuel stations in all residential areas are closed down to ensure public health and safety.

The administrator said wanton construction of gas and fuel stations in residential areas violates the laid down regulations in the energy sector and pose grave danger to lives and properties.

Source: Kenya News Agency