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Waititu launches Ksh. 1 billion infrastructural projects in Thika, Ruiru Municipalities.

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu unveiling a plaque to officially launch the storm water drainage project in Landless estate on Monday.

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu on Monday launched a massive Ksh. 1 Billion worth of infrastructural projects in Thika and Ruiru Municipalities that are scheduled to be completed within the next 12 months.

Speaking in Thika, Juja and Ruiru towns, Waititu revealed that the county had received Ksh. 1.8 billion this fiscal year from the World Bank for infrastructural developments within their 6 newly formed municipalities.

Among some of the projects earmarked to be developed include construction of bitumen roads, street lighting, expansion of the towns’ sewerage system, improvement of the drainage systems as well as town beautification programmes.

“Within the next one or two years, Kiambu County will never be the same again. We want to improve these towns to city status will all the infrastructural facilities needed for growth into a 24-hour economy,” said Waititu.

Thika Municipality.

Thika Municipality, which composes of Thika East, Thika West and Juja Sub-Counties, will benefit from Ksh. 300 million annually for the next 5 years, translating to Ksh. 1.5 billion in total.

In this first phase of the programme, about Ksh. 50 million has been set aside to improve on the storm water drainage system in Landless estate within Kamenu Ward and the upgrading of 2.1 kilometre-long Mugo Kibiru Road in Section 9 to bitumen standards at a cost of Ksh. 79 million.

They have also set aside Ksh. 42 million for the supply and installation of integrated solar street lighting and high mast lighting in Thika Town, Hospital Ward, Makongeni, Gatuanyaga, Ngoliba, Juja, Witeithie and Kalimoni.

This project will see 140 solar street lights and 11 floodlights installed in the area. Thika alone will get 35 solar lighting installations that will be distributed across the dark alleys of each ward.

Ruiru Municipality.

Ruiru has been allocated Ksh. 73 million to upgrade the 2 Kilometer Kihunguro-Full Gospel Road to bitumen standards.

Second Phase.

Within the second phase of this programme, The World Bank and Kiambu government will spend about Ksh. 50 million on the beautification of Thika Town and a further Ksh. 50 million each for the expansion of the sewerage system in sprawling Kiganjo estate and Landless estate.

The governor also promised that the county would erect at least one high mast street lighting in each ward with a view to improve on security.

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