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Government funded road projects progressing well in Nairobi

The  4.5km Waiyaki Way – Red Hill Dual  Carriage  way  funded by the government at a cost of over sh.3.6 billion is expected  to be opened to the public in mid next month.

The roads project undertaken by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) include improvement of the 1.35 km junction of Waiyaki Way-Red hill Link Road with Red hill road  junction, walkways, bridges, culvert, overpasses, underpasses, drainage works, street lightings, landscaping and slope protection works.

Briefing  the Nairobi County Development Implementation Coordination Committee (CDICC) during an inspection visit  of  government funded projects in the country Friday, Eng. Paul Kamande an Assistant Director at KURA said re-carpeting of the road and adjacent roads will ease traffic jams and improve drainage along the roads.

“The project will also include re-carpeting of Grevillea Road, Kyuna Road, Loresho Ridge Road and Kirawa Backside Road, Kathini Road and Kitisuru 2 some of which were  not in the initial plan,” said Kamande.

Eng. Kamande said the project commenced on March 14, 2016 and was expected to end on, September 14, 2018, but is still incomplete due to budgetary allocations,  compensation issues and court injunctions.

“The carpeting is in full gear but the only challenge making the project lag behind is reimbursement for works done and an outstanding payment of sh. 854, 739,946.87  the contractor requires from the government,” said Eng. Kamande.

The  road  whose contractor is China Wu Yi. Co. Ltd starts at ABC Place through Kyuna, Spring  Valley, Kitsuru, Peponi ending at Red hill where it connects Ruaka, Village  Market and Wangige  Roads.

He  informed the CDICC committee led by the Nairobi County Commissioner (CC), Flora Mworoa who is the Chair and  Kinoti Gatobu from Presidential Delivery Unit that the  project was 92.5percent complete, and the amount the contractor had received to date was over sh.2.1 billion, while value of work done amounts to sh.3,237,448,033.43.

During  the site  visit the committee also told the Athi Water to speed up completion of the Nairobi water distribution project which is also facing challenges of court  injunctions, relocation of people who have settled on government land, relocation of power lines and compensation issues.

Mworoa  said the government is determined to complete all its projects on the stipulated time to enable Kenyans enjoy the facilities.

“We  are determined to unblock all bottlenecks of the national government projects that are delaying the completion of ongoing projects in the county,” she added.

She told the Athi  Water government project managers to resolve the issues hindering the progression of the projects with the concerned individuals to avoid further delays.

By  Bernadette Khaduli

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