, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 – The first phase of the Sh10 billion mega street lighting project by Kenya Power in Nairobi will be complete by November 30 this year.
Kenya Power Managing Director Ben Chumo said the first phase will involve setting up lights in 116 streets in Nairobi at a cost of Sh1 billion.
The 116 streets, he said, are areas where Kenya Power has its infrastructure hence the reason it will take a short time to complete compared to the second phase which will take a longer time.
“We are working together with City Hall and we had a meeting this week at Governor Evans Kidero office together with the Cabinet Secretary Energy, our staff and myself to discuss the way forward,” Chumo said on Friday during an investor and media briefing.
The first phase will give focus to industrial area which according to Chumo has a lot of commercial activities during the night. They will also light up Kibera, Eastleigh, Embakasi and Buruburu among others.
The street lighting project is a National and Nairobi County government initiative aimed at eliminating crime to achieve a 24-hour economy.
“Kenya Power is going to be the implementing agency for the project. It has already been designed and we have tendered for the equipment that is going to support the project. The total estimated cost is going to be Sh10bilion,” he explained.
The whole project will be officially launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta on December 12 this year, which will usher in the second phase.
“Phase two will include streets and roads without Kenya Power infrastructure at the moment and that cost will be close to Sh8billion,” Chumo said.
Part of phase two will see Kenya Power put street lights and CCTV cameras along major highways including all the way to Machakos junction along Mombasa road, Waiyaki Way up to uplands junction and Thika road to Thika town.
“We want to make those motor ways very safe at night and in the event of any incident, those cameras will take the information.”
So far the Treasury has already released close to Sh400million to kick off the development.