25 June 2014

Kenya: Ministry to Build 10,000kM Roads

THE government will from next month construct 10,000-kilometer roads countrywide in an effort aimed at spurring growth and development.

The first phase of the Annuity Framework model, which is expected to construct the roads in line with traffic demands and location, will be rolled out from July at the cost of Sh40 billion.

The first phase will oversee the construction of 2,000 kilometer stretch, with the second and third phases ensuring the completion of 5,000 and 3,000 kilometers respectively.

Under the new model, which the government says will minimize red tapes; the contractors will further be required to oversee maintenance for an additional three years.

The government says that it aims at fast tracking payments to contractors by reducing bureaucracies, adding that the move will facilitate quality services.

Speaking yesterday at Panafric Hotel while opening a one-day Roads Infrastructure Development consultative meeting, Transport PS, John Mosonik called on contractors to prioritise quality work.

Mosonik further called on public to remain vigilant and capitalize on business opportunities that will be availed by the project.

The cost of construction per kilometer will now range between Sh20-30 million, up from the traditional Sh10 million, with the total cost of the project expected to total Sh260 billion. The government says the model will enhance quality as it seeks to emphasise on durability.

"We anticipate a lot of business opportunities that will include supplies for the equipment as well as leaseholds," Mosonik said.

The government has set aside Sh25 billion in the next financial year to oversee construction and maintenance of roads countrywide.

Mosonik appealed on contractors to "do a good job and spend less in maintenance", as they will be held accountable for their end product.

Stressing on the importance of maintaining appropriate standards, Mosonik said the Annuity model will ensure that high volume [heavy traffic] roads are largely prioritized to enhance effectiveness.

The PS cautioned contractors bent on engaging in short cuts that lead to shoddy operations that they risked being strapped of their contracts.

"We insist that standards must be followed; all contractors will be put on notice and their contracts terminated if there is no compliance."

Yesterday's event brought on board among others, local bank representatives who will liaise with contractors by providing them with loan services to effect operations.

Among roads earmarked for upgrading will include Mariakani- Machakos junction, Nairobi Southern Bypass and Naivasha - Lanet roads.

Mosonik called on public to remain vigilant and curb all forms of vandalism that have been witnessed in the past, especially with scrap metal dealers.

"We must undertake an all-inclusive approach to guard against those people who go about vandalizing the already completed work," he said.

A public road safety initiative is expected to be rolled out later this year, aimed at sensitizing on appropriate usage as well as maintenance, with government blaming the former on most vandalism activities.

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