EU Offers Sh3.4bn to Upgrade Kenya’s Urban Roads

EUThe European Union (EU) has announced plans to fund Kenya’s urban infrastructure with Sh3.4 billion to ease congestion in the urban centres. The project will be a joint venture that will involve government ministries and agencies to create a clear road network that will be safe for pedestrians and cyclists.

The key roads earmarked for the planned face-lift include Limuru Road to Waiyaki Way, which is set to inter-link with Thika Road. Enterprise Road is also set to connect Mombasa Road.

The planned expansion targets main roads in the city that inter-links big towns to Kenya’s capital.

The new development is expected to boost agricultural sector in the country, with Waiyaki way being the entry point to Nairobi from Naivasha.

There has been recent protests by flower farmers in Naivasha, decrying the poor road network that hamper the transportation of their produce to the airport.

The EU plan targets nine more roads that connect the suburbs to Nairobi, a move that could improve the local transport sector that experiences heavy snarl-up almost every day.

‘’As Kenyans move into the city centre in large numbers so do the transport and infrastructure face challenges,’’ noted Lodewijk Briet’s European Union’s Ambassador to Kenya.

Coastal roads

The Union is also working on the modalities that would review the coastal roads near Kilifi town and additionally revamp the informal sector as part of the upgrading process to improve the housing sector in the area.

Mtwapa town will be one of the recipients in the Sh1.1 billion global fund that targets the housing sector.

The undertaking is part of UN Habitat global programme that seeks to improve the lives of the citizens from the developing countries mostly focusing on slums upgrading where sanitation is a big challenge.

Source: Business Daily