Government spends shs 600 million to re-carpet urban roads in Garissa town
The national government through Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) has spent over sh.600 million to re-carpet major urban roads in Garissa town.
The Ag. General Manager for special projects Eng. Abdulrashid Mohamed said a total of 4kms of dilapidated roads were now complete.
Mohamed was addressing the press Thursday in Garissa town after an inspection tour of the ongoing projects in the town.
The sections of the road that have been completed and in use include the Posta road, Biashara Street, Ngamia road, Garissa Ndogo road, Sankuri road and Deka Buri roads that were initially in a bad state.
Mohamed said the project was the first of the 10, 000kms of roads the Jubilee administration promised to re-carpet or construct during its first term in office.
The official said KURA was also undertaking other urban road projects at a cost of sh.89 million in Garissa town and are projected to be completed in 18 months.
He said similar projects were ongoing in Wajir County among them Wajir by-pass.
Mohamed however cited encroachment on road reserves as the biggest challenges facing the urban road authority.
“Many of our towns’ residents have encroached on road reserves leaving little or no space to construct pedestrians walk ways within the town’s roads,” he said.
“I am urging the urban residents to keep off the road reserves for their own benefit. These roads are being improved because of them,” he added.
He said other service providers among them water, fibre projects, Kenya power and Telkom among others were now jostling for the available tiny spaces to improve or extend their services to the residents.
“The biggest headache for us is water pipes which delays us and impacts on the overall costs when they burst during construction. It is the same for underground cables,” Mohamed said.
By Jacob Songok