The Star (Nairobi)

9 August 2012

Kenya: Sh6 Billion Urban Master Plan for Eldoret Town

Eldoret municipal council will use more than Sh6 billion for the implementation of a new urban master plan for the town. Mayor William Rono said the master plan which was finalised last year is expected to re-organise the town, whose population has increased over the years.

The plan is deals with urban challenges such as congestion, poor infrastructure and general urban planning.

The mayor confirmed the cost of constructing a bypass through the town has increased to more than Sh2.8 billion, after the government decided to have the bypass relocated. Roads Minister Frankline Bett announced last week the new bypass will be financed by the African Development Bank and will pass next to the Eldoret International Airport and not through the former Nairobi Road.

Rono said some of the town's major buildings in the city centre are built on road reserves and will therefore interfere with the ongoing construction of the Eldoret-Malaba Highway. The road is being built at a cost of Sh 7.5 billion. "The building have to pulled down," said Rono. "It is unfortunate the owners were corruptly issued with titles during the Kanu regime.

The Kenya Urban Roads Authority has began the rehabilitation of minor roads at cost of more than Sh1billion. Kapsoya road which has been eyesore in the town due to its pathetic state for many years is now set to be tarmacked and already Ditman Construction Company is on site although work has been put on hold due to heavy rains currently. Other minor roads including those in Elgon View and State Lodge areas have already been completed. Rono said the town required the new master plan implemented to avoid a planning crisis in the near future.

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