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Sh1.7b Already Spent By NaMSIP To Improve Kiambu County Infrastructure.

Kiambu County has done road networks to the tune of Ksh. 1.7 billion under the World Bank funded Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project (NaMSIP). This was revealed by the Cabinet Secretary Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi when commissioning the construction of Ruiru circuit roads.

Among the projects that have benefitted included the rehabilitation of Banana-Ndenderu Road for 226million, the improvement of Ruiru-Thika NMG Facilities (144m), the rehabilitation of Gitaru-Ndumbuini Road (326m), The rehabilitation and improvement of Ruiru-Hospital Road (233m0, construction of access roads to Kikuyu Railway Station (270m) and the construction of access roads to Limuru Railway Station (132m)

Other projects that in progress and those that are earmarked to start very soon include the construction of Juja circuit roads and access roads to Juja Railway Station (395m) and construction and rehabilitation of access roads to the Thika Railway Station (168m).

The project has also seen the installation of 315 street lights complete with street lighting poles and  77 security flood lights (220m), construction of the 5billion Ruiru and Juja sewerage system (almost complete) and the delivery of modern fire engines and related capacity programmes.

In addition, the county will benefit from the construction of modern markets and bus parks, solid waste management and the establishment of physical address system in Kiambu and Thika.

“These projects are part of the Nairobi Metropolitan 2030 Strategy that is centred on enhancing mobility and connectivity through effective transportation. It has seen improvements in the highways capacity, by-passes developments and the development of priority road networks. The new roads components focuses on areas in need of roads,” said Kaimenyi.

Among those department that contributed heavily in these developments included The National government, The Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA), Kenya Urban Rural Roads Authority (KURA) and the County Government of Kiambu.

Prof. Kaimenyi said that there was a need for the authorities to address the indiscriminate civic irresponsibility such as throwing rubbish on the roads, spillage of sewerage and water on these roads and overloading on the part of transit companies. He also said roadside traders that their behavior made these roads insecure and very difficult to navigate.

The other group of people that Kaimenyi singled out as possible threats to these developments were those who vandalised the equipment and signs on the roads.

He sent a very stern warning that all those responsible for these ills that their days were numbered.

On 10th May 2012, the World Bank approved Ksh. 27.89 billion (USD 330 million) in funding for the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project (NaMSIP).

Kenya kicked off an ambitious Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plan for Twelve (12) Towns forming the 4 Clusters within Nairobi Metropolitan Region in Kenya was meant to serve as the framework for the growth and development of each town for the next 10 years.

This project aimed at strengthening urban services and infrastructure within the Nairobi Metropolitan Region for an estimated 1.5 million urban residents. The project was developed to help steer Kenya towards the path of becoming a middle-income country – one of the goals of Nairobi Metro 2030. It was geared towards the re-development of the Nairobi Metropolitan Region into a world class, state of the art sustainable urban Railway City.

This is a premier urban development project in the heart of Nairobi Region that will create an inter-modal hub for metropolitan commuter rail traffic, as well as other planned urban public transport including Bus Rapid Transit, other potential Mass Rapid Transit, such as light rail, motorised and non-motorised transport, while ensuring integration with the spatial structure of the Central Business District and surrounding areas.
The project began in 2014 by offering institutional reform and planning assistance to each of the fifteen local authorities within the Nairobi Metropolitan Region and improving government infrastructure and services.

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