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Saturday, 27 May 2017 13:35 EAT
Machakos County is set to experience rapid economic growth in the next few months after the completion of ongoing roads construction by the national government. The county, which forms part of the country’s metropolitan region, is expected to host a great deal of high-end economic activities which will be stimulated by the expansion of infrastructure and its proximity to Nairobi.
Some of the key strategic roads under construction include the 72-kilometer Konza-Machakos-Kangundo-Kennol road whose construction has been awarded to a Chinese company at a cost of Sh4.3 billion. Also under construction is the dueling of Mlolongo-Machakos turn-off road and the upgrading of Tala-Donyo Sabuk road which was commissioned last year by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Once complete, the roads are expected to not only ease transport and faster movement of goods and people, but also open up the region to massive investment in various sectors including hotels, real estate, agriculture as well as industry.
Hundreds of informal jobs will also be created as transport companies contemplate establishing new routes for both goods and people. Kenya Roads Board executive director, Jacob Ruwa describes the roads expansion in Machakos as ‘an excellent opportunity’ for the county to tap into and induce economic growth and development.
“With this kind of expansion of roads and general infrastructure, the county should indeed take the advantage and exploit all available opportunities for employment and wealth creation,” he said.
Eng Ruwa, who spoke in Machakos town on Wednesday after launching a road safety awareness campaign for all road users, urged Kenyans to take up active role in contributing to road safety. “We all need good roads for our daily use, but do not maintain them to be death traps. Every Kenyan therefore has a responsibility to promote safety on the roads,” he said.
According to Patrick Wambua, an expert in real estate management, the roads boom in Machakos County will place the county in a competitive investment environment in the next few years. “Machakos County is no doubt the next frontier in the real estate business. Huge investments in housing and urban facilities are being set up fast and furious in anticipation of the new-look infrastructure,” says Wambua, who is the managing director of Capital Shelters.
According to Wambua, the ongoing roads expansion within Machakos County has also led to unfathomable appreciation of land especially in areas neighboring the capital city and those along the key highways. “Indirectly, the establishment of new roads and upgrading of existing ones has benefited land owners whose property has appreciated immensely,” he says.