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Water drilling bids kick off first phase of Konza

Ground breaking at the Konza Techno City

Ground breaking at the Konza Techno City

The government has started the search for firms to drill four bore holes at Konza technopolis, kicking off implementation of the first phase of the project.

Drilling of the bore holes will be the first major infrastructure project by the government after it bought and fenced 5,000 acres for the project in 2009.

This is part of activities earmarked for Phase I of the project set to be launched in December and completed in 2017.

Other activities are the construction of two independent distribution power lines; the first being a 400kV line running 40 kilometres west of Konza, and a 132 kV line running adjacent to Konza. The bids issued through Tanathi Water Services Board will include construction and fencing of four pump houses.

The establishment of Konza City is one of the key flagship projects of Vision 2030 which is meant to position Kenya as the region’s ICT hub through the housing of international investors and other amenities. “Tanathi Water Services Board now invites sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for execution and delivery within three months,” read part of the advert in the dailies.

The board is mandated to ensure sufficient provision of water services within Kajiado, Makueni, Machakos and Kitui counties.

Konza was allocated Sh1.3 billion in this year’s budget to begin the construction.

The government intends to borrow Sh50.5 billion ($600 million) through concessional loans from Brazil, Russia, India and China for construction of roads, railway, telecommunication infrastructure, water and sewerage systems on the 5,000 acre technology park.

-Business daily

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