The Construction of roads and other key infrastructural projects in Mombasa County are on course and near completion.
Among the projects expected to transform the tourist resort city that are earmarked for commissioning in August this year includes Sh.460 million Mombasa waterfront project and Sh.1 billion cruise terminal at the Port of Mombasa.
The Mombasa County Commissioner (CC), Evans Achoki said the projects were crucial to the achievement of the Big Four Agenda and will also boost the tourism sector in Mombasa and other coastal areas.
”We are keenly monitoring construction work as the government is committed to the prosperity and development of the tourism sector,” said Achoki during the County development implementation co-ordination committee meeting at Uhuru Na Kazi building on Wednesday.
The meeting was informed that both the waterfront project and cruise terminal were progressing well and that would be ready for commissioning by August this year.
The Waterfront Park is expected to boost the tourism industry and provide local residents and visitors with a world-class recreational facility.
The project which has elicited excitement within the tourism sector is also meant to promote the City’s history, culture of the people and offer an ideal venue for festivals and other social events.
This will be the first modem public recreational area that aims at transforming the famous Mama Ngina Drive to international standard and reposition Mombasa as a top tourist destination in the region.
The Waterpark is seen as an added product to the tourism sector as the country already offers a multifaceted destination combining exotic beaches, national parks and historical sites.
The construction of the cruise ship terminal with complete modern facilities is another project that is expected to boost tourism industry at the coastal city which accounts for over 60 percent in the country.
The committee also discussed the on-going construction and improvement of multi-billion key roads in the county that is set to change the face of the tourist resort city.
Achoki noted that the upgrading of mega roads is expected to transform Mombasa into an attractive destination for investment and tourism.
Among them is Sh.2.4 billion Magongo road that links the port of Mombasa to the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) terminus at Miritini which is also expected to ease movement of cargo from the port.
By Mohamed Hassan