Construction is set to resume on the Sh5.1 billion Eldoret bypass road in Uasin Gishu county after the government resolved land compensation issues that had stalled the project.
Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) said it has since released to the National Land Commission (NLC) Sh3.5 billion needed to compensate 957 people affected by the 32-kilometre highway.
Already, Sh2.2b has already been paid out to 628 people, 565 of whom have been issued with a 30-day notice to vacate the land so that it can be granted to the contractor, China WU YI company.
This revelation was contained in a progress report presented during a stakeholders’ meeting of the County Development Implementation and Coordination Committee (CDICC) in Eldoret on Monday.
Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Stephen Kihara told the meeting he was impressed by the work the contractors have done so far and empasised on the need for timely completion of projects.
“We are not going to allow contactors to drag government projects for far too long for any reason whatsoever,” he said.
When complete, the bypass is expected to decongest traffic in Eldoret town as well as open up the county further for business.
The road project starts at Cheplaskei centre on the Eldoret-Nakuru highway and traverses Kapseret to Leseru at the Eldoret-Kitale and Eldoret-Malaba roads junction.
About 296 parcels of land covering a total of 250 ha and 449 structures will be affected by the project, the report indicates.
The county commissioner promised full support for contractors implementing government-funded development projects and appealed for both speed and quality.
“As a government we are committed to supporting the contractors to complete high standard projects in time,” Kihara told the meeting that was attended by representatives contractors implementing Kipkaren Dam Water Supply project, The Eldoret Town Bypass road project and Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KURA), as well as the Presidential Delivery Unit representative and the County Information Officer.
The commissioner later led the committee on an inspection of the Eldoret Township roads done by KURA and expressed satisfaction. So far, 11.4km of the expected 15km of estate roads has been upgraded to bitumen standard and with a December 30, 2020 completion date.
“As we do our work let us remember that we are doing it as a contribution to the Big Four agenda that the President (Uhuru Kenyatta) is advocating for,” he said. (KNA)