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Ensure roads are passable, contractors told

Nyandarua County Commissioner Benson Leparmorijo has called on road contractors in the county to ensure the roads are passable at all times amidst delayed implementation.

Leparmorijo, who regretted that the construction of 105km Ndaragwa Constituency roads had lagged behind schedule, called on the contractor China Railway No.10, to ensure there were no interruptions on the roads.

“The residents here have high expectations that the roads once completed will ease movement, but the works lag at 1.9 percent, way behind schedule,” noted Leparmorijo.

The county commissioner, who chaired the County Development Implementation and Coordination Committee Meeting on Thursday in Ndaragwa town, noted the need to fast track road projects especially during periods when rainfall was low.

Kenya Rural Roads Authority Regional Eng. Willy Mburu, reminded the contractors that the road contracts entered into provided that they ensured mobility at all times.

“There is need to pay more attention on the diversions and culverts connecting feeder roads. If vehicles get stuck, it is up to the contractor to ensure they are removed promptly.

A contractor taking up a new project must first ensure maintenance of the road ahead of the works, as stipulated in the contracts,” added Eng. Mburu.

Mburu regretted that many contractors cited delayed payment of their approved Advance Payments, saying the contracts are awarded upon satisfaction that substantial work will be done before any money is paid.

Ndaragwa Constituency roads totaling to 105KM will be tarmacked connecting the interior parts of Aberdare and Nyandarua North sub counties to the Nyahururu-Nyeri road.

By Anne Sabuni

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