Urban News Roundup (September 18, 2015)

Monrovia – City submerges

The city of Monrovia and its environs was seriously overtaken by flood following a very heavy down pour of rain early Monday morning. Thousands of dollars worth of properties were destroyed, while hundreds of residents were made homeless. – The NewDawn Liberia

Cairo – Housing minister: No chance for entrusting million-home project to Arabtec

Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly stressed that there is no chance that the million-home project, would be entrusted to UAE company Arabtec. However negotiations were under way with the company to task it with the implementation of 100,000 housing units over five years. If the company shows commitment to this project, it could be assigned with a further phase of the construction. – Egypt Independent

Nairobi – Tanzania developers battle for sky

Tanzania’s skyscraper competition has intensified after developers considering going vertical and not horizontal. The tallest buildings by the end of this year is expected to have 40 floors and measured over 160 meters. – Daily News

Addis Ababa – Light rail to begin service Sunday

The Ethiopian Railway Corporation announced that the Addis Light Rail Project would begin service as of next Sunday. The Corporation has been taking actions to address possible problems related to safety, security, danger and damage. – allAfrica

Ghana – Accra and Kumasi generate more than 4,000 tonnes of waste daily

Waste management is a major public health challenge for Ghana. Just Accra and Kumasi generate more than 4,000 tonnes of waste daily. Numerous researches have pointed principally to the lack of resources and weak institutional capabilities but there seems to be some disregarded factors that also contribute substantially to the status quo. – GBN

Lusaka – Construction sector has potential for job, economic growth

The International Labour Organisation says the construction sector in Zambia offers great potential for economic growth and job creation. To ensure inclusive and sustainable development, sector specific policies and regulations need to be updated and reformed taking into account, green practices. – The Post

Harare – Prepaid water trials begin

City council has begun installing prepaid water meters in selected parts of the city in a trial that will lead to a city wide roll-out of the $50 million project in March next year. – The Herald

Nairobi – Kenya inks nuclear power partnership deal with China

Kenya and China have reached a deal for cooperation on the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the East African nation. The deal was signed in China on Monday between Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board and China General Nuclear Power Group. – allAfrica

Casablanca – Construction of tramway’s second line

The construction of the second line of Casablanca tramway was launched early this month. The 15-kilometre second line (T2) will run from Ain Diab to Ain Sebaa railway station via the El Fida and Derb Sultan districts. – Morocco World News


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