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50% road projects done as focus shifts to drainage systems

By Samson wire.

Road repair works in the city seem to have attracted the attention of residents, with many hailing Governor Mike Sonko for putting emphasis on completing stalled road projects and building new ones.

Since 2013, when Sonko’s predecessor Dr Evans Kidero, little had been achieved despite massive budgetary allocations for the in the last three years.

It has been one year in office for Sonko and his presence and might as the Governor of the biggest county has been felt the roads and transport sector- with massive road projects in the informal settlements on the roll.

Contractors, we understand have been paid and given much needed ultimatums to the projects in stipulated time.

A section of the newly tarmacked Falcon road in Viwandani. PHOTO//Samson Wire

In his first  financial year as the city boss, Sonko allocated Sh 5.4 billion, to cater for the  Roads, transport and infrastructure department.

According Roads Executive   Mohammed Dagane says that so far   49 percent of the roads and   drainage works have been completed.

While briefing the media on the work so far done in a period of 1 year in office he enumerated that so far 32 road projects have been completed. This he said amounted to 49 percent in terms of coverage.

Projections show ongoing  road and drainages projects  in sub counties as follows, , Dagoretti North 5 covering 7.0, kilometers, Ruaraka 3 with 3 kilometers, langata 3 at 3 kilometers, Embakasi South 3 at 7.8 kilometers. Kasarani, kamukunji and makadara each at 6 and 6.1 kilometers covered so far.

Others are Embakasi South(3), westlands(2), Embakasi East(2), all covering 18.2 kilometers in length.

Governor Sonko in his campaign manifest promised to revamp road network with the city and maintain the ones in dilapidated state.

In May this year while inspecting road works within the city, he told city residents to be patient as the work on roads and drainages continue, warning he will not tolerate critics.

CEC for Roads Transport and Public Works Mohammed Dagane (in red cap) is shown how to operate the new road paver machine while inspecting road works in Githurai. PHOTO// Samson Wire.

“I am appealing for patience from Nairobi residents as we strive to fix the dilapidated roads in Nairobi even as we wait for the financial year in order to cover all areas that are in need of our attention,” Sonko said.https://www.ceoafrica.co.ke/elachi-runs-for-safety-after-mcas-storm-office-to-kick-her-out/

The county Government in addition has maintained 5 other roads and drainages as follows: Roads 374 output, storm water drainage 377, walkways 4,799 square meters, road markings 186 kilometers and street furniture 636 kilometers.

In matters street lighting , the CEM states that 4,600 poles have been put up  with a total of Sh1.4 billion spent.

An aerial view of a finished drainage system done by tthe Nairobi City County Government. PHOTO// Samson Wire.

“When you go around the city estates you will notice lights everywhere. This is one sector we have achieved to near perfection ,”  Said Dagane.

The CEC promises by the end of the year, 70 percent of the projects will be done. target. “We intend to do more. We are reviewing everything and with good will from The Governor we are going to fix most of them by end of the year,”

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