World Bank injects Sh580 million for slum upgrades in Nakuru

In a bid to uplift living standards and boost infrastructure in Nakuru County, the World Bank has allocated Kes580 million for the upgrade of informal settlements in Nakuru City and Naivasha.

This initiative, part of the Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Programme II (KISIP), aims to transform low-income areas like Kwa-Murogi, London, and Lake View in Nakuru, as well as Karagita in Naivasha, by enhancing drainage systems, waste management, roads, street lighting, and water connectivity.

Nakuru Governor Susan Kihika expressed gratitude for the funding, highlighting its significance in addressing critical challenges faced by residents.

The ongoing efforts complement the first phase of KISIP, which saw significant improvements in areas like Kaptembwo, Kivumbini, Kwa-Ronda, Flamingo, Kaloleni, and Bondeni, benefiting over 120,000 residents.

Site engineer Peris Wachira reported substantial progress on various projects, with the majority expected to be completed within a year.

Additionally, George Arwa, the KISIP national project coordinator, announced a Kes 31.7 billion plan to benefit over 400 informal settlement schemes across 33 counties, focusing on low-cost housing and infrastructure improvements.

This collaborative effort between the World Bank, the French Development Agency, and the Kenyan government aims to provide affordable housing and enhance social inclusion nationwide.

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