By Obegi Malack
Kajiado County residents have welcomed a move by Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) to tarmac Oloosirkon/Tuala, Nkaimurunya roads in Kajiado East Constituency and Kajiado north Constituency respectively.
The residents from Oloosirkon Tuala, Nkaimurunya and Rongai wards had attended stakeholder’s public participation meeting organized by the authority.
KURA officials led by Kennedy Wafula said the authority will tarmac 4 kms from Nazarene University to Tuala in Oloosirkon Ward and 1km Mayor Road in Nkaimurunya Ward in the first phase.
Survey and environmental assessment for the 5 kms is ongoing before tendering is done. After award of the tender the contractor will take 12 months to complete the project. The roads will be done in annuity programme. They authority will also do 20 kilometres in the second phase.
Mayor road will be 12 metres wide and residents on road reserve will be given notices to vacate.
The authority officials were asked to explain the criteria used to tarmac the two roads in Tuala and Nkaimurunya.
Philip Kulangash, a resident of Tuala said the officials had visited the area and informed them that roads will be tarmacked.
The resident said they have never benefited from even a kilometre of tarmac in the area and that they usde their resources to murram the roads.
Nkaimurunya ward representative James Waisha said that the tarmacking of Mayor Road which is in his ward is essential in reducing traffic congestion in Ongata Rongai and should be given priority. He said the authority is mandated to tarmac urban roads.
The Tuala residents requested the authority to extend the road to connect Kitengela to enable people to access Kitengela without passing through Machakos and Nairobi County.
Ongata Rongai Ward representative Mwathi Pere said the project will open up the area, adding that Kajiado North should be extended to Tuala since most of the residents operate businesses in Rongai.
The authority was requested to ensure the contractor will do quality work with proper drainage, pedestrian ways, street lights and vehicle stages.