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MP pleads with owners of buildings on road reserves to remove them to allow road construction.

KURA official explains a point to Thika Town MP Patrick Wainaina during the physical survey of the various Thika bypasses and link roads on Thursday.

Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina has appealed to all those who have erected buildings or structures within the road corridors to relocate them in order to pave way for the construction of the much awaited bypasses and link roads.

Speaking on Thursday while accompanying officers from Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) on an inspection tour of the proposed road corridors, the MP was shocked to find so many people encroaching on the road reserves, something he said would have a ripple effect on the construction works.

He warned that failure to adhere to this directive, officials of KURA will have no alternative but to pull down all these houses. However, he appealed to KURA to first issue formal notices to all those affected instructing them to remove these structures after the survey works are done.

Thika MP Patrick Wainaina have a word with KURA officials at the junction of the proposed extension of Kenyatta highway and Oloitiptip Rd. (BAT-Del Monte rd.) as it crosses over towards Umoja estate.
“I know it will be painful but public good supersedes individual interests. Let’s look at the bigger picture and appreciate that these roads will be of benefit to so many people including all those who are affected,” said Wainaina.

During the field survey, it emerged that so many houses had been built on road reserves especially in Umoja Estate and from the British American Tobacco (BAT) junction all the way to Kiganjo Corner One in Kiganjo where one of the by-passes is meant to pass.

The MP hoped that the BAT-Kiganjo road will be complete within the next 6 months and thus appealed for patience from the residents.

He termed the extension of Kenyatta Highway to link up with Garissa Road at Kivulini and Mid Oil Petrol Station in Makongeni as a great milestone to as it will ease traffic in and out of Thika.

An aerial view of Thika Town as seen from Del Monte where the proposed link road from the Thika main bus terminus towards Del Monte near Imani School via Thika River will pass.
“We are also looking into possibilities of having a link road from the Thika main bus terminus towards Del Monte near Imani School via Thika River to be used by PSV vehicles getting out of 
Thika. Plans are at a very advanced stage and very soon we will offload all commuter service vehicles from our other outlets,” he said.

The MP assured the residents that he will continue with the ongoing Jungle street lighting and road upgrade programmes so as to improve the lives of his constituents as the lights improved the security and business situation in the area.

“I appeal to Thika residents to be patient as we embark on these two programmes. Though the CDF office does not have a kitty to do this work, I plan to do what I can with the little money I have and what I get from friends to ensure that eventually all corners of Thika are accessible and are well lit,” said Wainaina.

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