Japan, Kenya ink Sh2.4 billion deal for Ngong Road upgrade

Ongoing works on Ngong Road in Nairobi.
Ongoing works on Ngong Road in Nairobi. PHOTO/COURTESY
The Japanese government has extended a Sh2.4 billion grant to Kenya to finance the dualling of the Prestige Plaza-Dagoretti Corner Section of the Ngong Road in Nairobi.

According to Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Toshitsugu Uesawa, the money will finance the planned expansion of the 3.4 kilometre stretch of the busy road from Ring Road Kilimani to the Dagoretti Corner Junction.

This is the second time that Japan is extending a loan to finance the expansion of Ngong Road.

In 2012, the two governments signed a Sh1.4 billion grant to finance dualling of the 2.57 kilometre stretch from the Kenya National Library in Community area to Ring Road Kilimani.

Reducing costs
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said that the project would go a long way in reducing the road transport costs within the city.

“It will also create security, safety and convenience, as well as decongest the surrounding roads and improve the accessibility of logistics and living environment,” Rotich said.

The funds are part of the Sh14.6 billion received from the Japanese government to fund different projects in the country.

The section, which is still under construction, forms the first phase of the Ngong Road dualling project.

“We expect to complete it by December, including road markings and signalisation,” the agency’s acting general manager in charge of Planning Daniel Muchiri said in a statement.

World Kaihatsu Kogyo Ltd., a Japanese contractor, is undertaking works on the first phase of the project. The section, which was launched in August last year, will be completed at a cost of Sh1.4 billion.

Bus Rapid Transport
According to Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura), the dualling of Ngong Road will provide a median to be developed later for Bus Rapid Transport or light railway.

“It will also include the installation of street lights, smart Traffic signals and walkways for pedestrians,” Kura said in a press briefing.

A BRT is a transit system designed to allow buses to run for a significant part of their trip within a fully dedicated “right of way” to avoid traffic jam. The system is found in big cities around the world, mainly in Europe.

The Ngong Road expansion project is being supervised by Tokyo based Katahira and Engineers International.

Japanese firms are increasingly bidding for infrastructure projects in the Kenya, stepping up competition against Chinese firms which have previously gobbled the bulk of the country’s big dollar projects.

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