The government has allocated over ksh.303, 477, 205 for the rehabilitation and maintenance of rural roads in Nairobi County, through the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA).
The Nairobi KeRRA Deputy Regional Manager, Eng. Samuel Kinyanjui said routine maintenance and upgrading works of roads within Nairobi for financial year 2018/2019 had commenced in various parts of the county.
He said each constituency in the county will receive a total of sh.21, 250, 000 from the 22 percent Routine Maintenance Levy Fund (RMLF) and 10 percent RMLF of Ksh.9,661,000 for the financial year 2018/2019 for maintenance of selected roads within their constituencies.
Some of the 44 roads selected by County’s Constituency Roads Committees for maintenance and upgrading include ACK Mwiki Access, 2nd Street, St. John Catholic-Lucky Summer Bridge, KPLC-Lucky Summer – Migingo – Stage 25, Hinga road and Waruku road.
Others are Nagi Kibarage, Tara road, Muringa bypass, Jamrock road, Dandora Phase 1 Access road, Hombe road, Peponi road, Mowlem-Feroze road, Old Uchumi-Langata High School road, and Jamhuri Estate-Toy Access Road.
He said some of works involve upgrading roads to bitumen status, road safety improvement, concrete paving, grading and gravel patching and erecting of bumps.
Painting and installing road signs, pothole patching with partial overlay and construction of drainage structures will also be done.
“We are having these activities in every constituency in the county, doing rural roads that affect each person in their communities,” he said.
Eng. Kinyanjui was speaking on Friday during the Nairobi County Development Implementation Coordination Committee (CDICC) meeting chaired by the Nairobi County Commissioner (CC), Flora Mworoa and attended by the Committee Secretary, Kinoti Gatobu from the Presidential Delivery Unit.
Briefing the committee at the County Commissioner’s Boardroom on the progress of the works, Nyayo House, Eng. Kinyanjui said some works were already complete and others were on-going while others were still awaiting completion of the procurement process.
In her remarks, the CC told KeRRA to advice Constituency Roads Committees to be selecting few road projects that can be completed at the stipulated time, so that the government can get value of its money.
“Committee selecting roads should concentrate on a few roads that can be done with the funds allocated instead of doing many roads which are never completed,” she added.
Mworoa said it is better for a constituency to take one road project and upgrade it, saying that its effect will be felt
by constituents, other than doing many roads that will not be completed by the end of the financial year.
By Bernadette Khaduli