The Star (Nairobi)

21 February 2013

Kenya: UN Habitat to Help Replan Siaya Town

UN Habitat in collaboration with Siaya Municipal Council has rolled out a 20-year urban planning programme for the town. The programme funded for more than Sh2.4 million is meant to expand the town to accommodate its population which is expected to grow from the current 80,000 to 150,000 people.

The programme is under Lake Victoria Urban Planning Water and Sanitation programme. "Consultants have already given their reports which await approval for the commencement of the work in June," said UN-Habitat human settlement advisor Jossy Materu.

He said the programme is aimed at stopping the encroachment of slums in the town. He was speaking in Siaya town in an urban planning forum.

"We want to move away from the current urban sprawl where walking, cycling and availability of accessing public transport remain a mirage," added Materu.

Materu said a pilot project of similar venture was rolled out in HomaBay followed by Kisii and Bondo towns which were funded to a tune of Sh 11.2 million.

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