Property owners in the Construction of the 9 Kilometres Mwache -Dongo Kundu will receive Sh.120Million today as compensation to their land to pave way for the project.
The money will be disbursed by the National Land Commision after the cash was forwarded by the National Treasury.
Those affected by the project are mainly from Kinango Constituency, parts of Jomvu and Likoni.
Kinango Member of Parliament Benard Tayari has welcomed the move to compensate residents and urged the Government to ensure only genuine affected people are paid.
“We are welcome the speedy compensation of affected persons as an early Christmas gift to our people”, Tayari said.
The project works was launched by President Kenyatta on 19th October 2019.
The works are part of the 2nd phase of the Mombasa Port Area Development Project (MPARD) being funded by the Japanese Government through JICA and the Government of Kenya.
It connects the Nairobi-Mombasa highway at Miritini, to the Mombasa-Lunga Lunga highway at Kibundani (Diani ) has elicited excitement among residents over the growth of business opportunities.
The bypass, to be constructed over the sea will connect see a bridge constructed over the Indian Ocean to create alternative route to Kwale and Tanzania.
The first phase involved the construction of a 4-lane dual carriageway from Miritini Junction through Mwache Junction to Kipevu totaling 10.1 Km, was officially opened by President Kenyatta on 14th of June 2018.
The third phase, which will conclude the entire project, runs from Mteza to Kibundani, a distance of 6.86 kilometers. The contractor for this phase is also already on site and mobilizing to commence works.
Some of the major works to be undertaken in this second phase include:
– Construction of Mwache to Dongo Kundu Road, 8.96 Km in length
– Construction of Mwache Bridge – 660 Metres
– Construction of Tsunza Pile-slab type Viaduct – 780 Metres
– Construction of Mteza Bridge – 1440 Metres
– Construction of U-Turn Bay at Tsunza
The entire 3 phase project is being financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the entire Mombasa Port Area Development Project (MPARD)
The Kenya National Highways Authority is implementing the project on behalf of the Government.
Infrastructure CS James Macharia said the improvement of these important links to both our main Road Corridor; the Northern Corridor, the main Sea port; the Port of Mombasa, the Moi International Airport and a link to the newly furbished Kipevu Container Terminal will greatly improve trade and business in the region.
Specifically, the link will serve as a key catalyst to improving the cargo handling capacity of the Port of Mombasa, in order to adequately serve Kenya’s growing economy, as well as retaining the Port of Mombasa as the preferred Port of use by the neighbouring economies. This will in turn ensure economic prosperity for both Kenya and the region.
“Through the Project, we are also developing the requisite infrastructure to support the upcoming Likoni Special Economic Zones and the Dongo Kundu Free Port”, Macharia said.
Macharia assured stakeholders that the ministry was firmly to delivering projects within cost and time.
He said every region Kenya will continue to witness the development of new roads, leading to equal and improved development opportunities among all Kenyans.