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Nairobi’s Eastlands houses to be demolished in phases

Kaloleni estate is one of the oldest estates in Nairobi.

Kaloleni estate is one of the oldest estates in Nairobi.

Nairobi County plans to demolish ageing houses in Eastlands are now in high gear with the Lands ministry seeking consultants for the job. Redevelopment of the estates will be done in phases, according to a tender advertised by the county government. The Government intends to mordernise the county’s estates that have been neglected over the years with construction of 60,000 two and three bed roomed units.

Ministry of lands and Urban development through directorate of Nairobi Metropolitan Development will close the scout for consultants tomorrow at noon to pave way for selection of eligible firms. Qualified firms will be required to develop an Urban Renewal Plan. “These are detailed and integrated short-term plans that are intended to guide development of the towns and their immediate environs,” said an Expression of Interest from the ministry.

A basis for guiding current development initiative alongside a long term plan will be crafted according to projected population growth over the period. A vast area of about 500 hectares owned by the county government is handling 9,557 households. The Country intends to push up annual production of housing units from 35,000 to 200,000 by the year 2030.

“Consultants will take stock of the existing physical and social infrastructure, urban resources determining their condition and recommend the necessary measures to improve their conditions, design and operation capacity,” read in part the tender document.

Land owners and local tenants will also be engaged in the programme to create awareness and sensitisation to tame hostility by minimise conflicts on the planned demolition. “This would ensure ownership plans and effective participation in plans preparation and implementation,” read the document.

-The People

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