List Of Projects To Be Launched In Nakuru Ahead Of City Status

The town is working around the clock with its host of major changes before it is declared Kenya's fourth major city.

List Of Projects To Be Launched In Nakuru Ahead Of City Status

The Nakuru County government has initiated a number of projects that are set to be launched before President Uhuru Kenyatta elevates the town into city status next month.

The town is working around the clock with its host of major changes before it is declared Kenya's fourth major city.

The president will be touring the county which has set aside ten acres of land, located along Landhies Road in order to construct a big matatu and bus terminus which will be able to accommodate at least 600 vehicles.

A matatu terminus in Nakuru. /FILE

This expansion will cut traffic within the Central Business District, meaning public service vehicles will be relocated to areas like Ziwani, Kwa Jack, and Railways grounds.

Also, a Ksh600 million market will be constructed in order to aid traders who have had to contend with selling items along paths and walkways. The market is set to be state-of-the-art incorporating technological features.

The county has also embarked on the modernization of roads linking residential and commercial centers, an ambitious project that will cost Ksh1.9 Million.

Kinyanjui stated that the road project would increase connectivity and ease access into residential neighbourhoods.

Part of the project involves re-carpeting of roads as well as initiating a non-motorised programme which entails the expansion of walkways and construction of bicycle lanes. 

According to Kinyanjui, targeted streets include Kenyatta Avenue, West Road, Kipchoge Avenue and Flamingo Road. 

The Nairobi-Nakuru Highway. /FILE

Other areas to be addressed include garbage disposal, street lighting, use of eco-friendly amenities, and upgrading of the town's informal settlements. 

"The elevation of Nakuru to city status means Nakuru residents will get better services. My administration is expected to improve all services key to city status," Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui stated in a past interview.

The Senate, in a special sitting on Thursday, June 3, had approved the city status on the town that had been battling towards achieving the feat for many years.

All Senators who were present during the debate had voted in favour of the motion to elevate the town into a city.

Nakuru is the administrative capital of Rift Valley and one of the urban centres that has been rising at an explosive rate. Other cities in Kenya are Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

The report that had asked the Senate to elevate the town was tabled by Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’ after a thorough review by Senate Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

“After scrutiny, the committee has approved the application by Nakuru County to have Nakuru Municipality given city status," Kajwang urged the house during the submission.

Governor Kinyanjui had been calling for the elevation noting that Nakuru is the second-highest contributor to the value of goods produced countrywide.

He also argued that the town was strategically located to link major urban centers.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui. /FILE