11 January 2014

Kenya: Roads to Be Lit By Solar

TWENTY-THREE roads in Mombasa have been earmarked for the multi-million new solar street lighting project set for next month.

County trade executive Mohammed Abdi yesterday said the roads fall under all the six constituencies of Changamwe, Mvita , Jomvu, Nyali, Kisauni and Likoni.

Speaking during an interview with the Star in Mombasa yesterday, Abdi said the county government seeks to improve street lighting in all the major roads in the city which is a trade herb and a tourist destination.

The roads targeted for the project have been put into clusters covering all the major roads across the county.

Cluster (A) will have Magongo- Nairobi road from Changamwe round about to Total Petrol station, Mombasa- Nairobi road from Changamwe round about to County revenue barrier, Barack Obama road, Makupa causeway, Jomo Kenyatta Avenue and Lumumba road starting from the Makupa round about to the Railway Station.

Roads in cluster (B) are Mombasa -Lunga Lunga road, Old Mtongwe road to the Kenya Navy barracks, Shelly beach road, Nyerere Avenue, Nkrumah road to Fort Jesus, Moi Avenue and the Mama Ngina drive.

Cluster (C) are the new Malindi road upto Mtwapa bridge, Old Malindi road from the Kisauni junction to Bamburi, Nyali road from Kengeleni to Nyali Beach hotel, Links road, Ronald Ngala road and the Nyali bridge.

Cluster (D) includes Digo Road, Sheikh Alfarsy road , Buxton, Abdel Nassir road, Haile Selassie road and Mwembe Tayari road.

"The county government is keen on transforming Mombasa and bringing it back to life. The new project will boost security and help us realize a 24 hour economy in the county," said Abdi.

When complete, the project is expected to increase the street lighting coverage in Mombasa from the current 25 per cent to over 70 per cent.

It will also help the county government reduce its current burden of Sh7 million which it spends on street lights every month according to Abdi.

"We will complete the tendering process in 14 days and will be set for the implementation of the project. We are looking at a brighter Mombasa," he said.

This will add up to Governor Hassan Joho continued efforts to boost security in the county which includes the county government's donation of police vehicles to the county police.

The governor has so far given out 23 patrol vehicles and 5 motor cycles to the county police which have enhanced patrols improving security in Mombasa.

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