An artist's impression of the project.An artist's impression of the project.
By EVELYNE MUSAMBI

The government plans to build a road linking Enterprise Road to Central Business District to ease traffic on Mombasa Road.

Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) have so far conducted feasibility studies; Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, and ongoing Resettlement Action Plan.

A statement from the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) who are implementing the project says that a section of the viaduct will be built where Wakulima Market is currently located.

“During consultations with various stakeholders, including; representatives of the Wakulima Market traders, Nairobi City County Government (NCCG), Kenya Railways Staff Retirement Benefits Scheme (KRSRBS) and KURA, an alternative site for relocation of the market was identified at Muthurwa Estate,” read the statement in part.

EASING TRAFFIC

The viaduct will give the city a modern look while also expanding the CBD aside from its main role of easing traffic jam.

An aerial view of Wakulima Market. PHOTO | FILE

An aerial view of Wakulima Market. PHOTO | FILE

“So far several consultative meetings in the Months of April, May and June 2018 have been held with stakeholders including the Muthurwa Estate Residents as part of the ongoing Resettlement Action Plan process. These studies are being conducted in compliance with relevant Kenya legislations and JICA Environmental and Social Safeguard Guidelines,” wrote KURA.

The viaduct was captured as a missing link and a priority project in the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan 2030 (NIUPLAN).

“The Project Planning and study activities are part of an ongoing process that will give recommendations and inform stakeholders including the Government of Kenya and JICA on the Project’s viability,” KURA added.

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