The Deputy President of Kenya, William Ruto on Monday commissioned the first phase of the construction of the multi-billion dollar Konza City. The commissioning of the project comes after the planning of the first phase was successfully completed by Tetra Tech. This mean sthat the project will now kick off.
The first phase of the project involves the construction of access roads that will open up the city to infrastructural investments. The deputy president reassured residents and investors of the Government’s commitment in the realization of the project. He added that more funds will be channeled into the project in the next financial budget.
The US$14.5bn Technopolis is situated a 5,000 acre piece of land 60km from the country’s capital city of Nairobi and is part of the vision 2030 initiative set up by the government.
In the phase, Kenya Power has also commenced installation of initial power that will be used to pump water from the seven boreholes that have already been dug to supply water to the city.
The African Development Bank had also set aside US$100m for the construction of Thwake Dam which will be able to provide reliable water for running operations in the city. The dam will be ready by 2018.
Once operational, the city will be able to attract software developers, university campuses focused on research and technology, hospitals, schools, high speed mass transport system, a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) park among other world class amenities. It is also meant to put Kenya on the global spotlight as Africa’s premiere techno hub.