, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – Deputy President William Ruto was on Monday to commission Konza Road that will open up the proposed Konza technopolis to infrastructural investment.
The accessible road is part of a raft of ongoing infrastructural efforts geared at laying a foundation for the commencement of construction of Phase 1 of the Techno City.
Following contract signing with American firm Terra Tech for development of a smart city, provision of power by Kenya Power, approval by the National Environment Management Agency (NEMA), Cadastral Survey by University of Nairobi, the accessible road will open the city to private sector investment.
The Deputy President will be joined by Cabinet Secretaries of Transport and Infrastructure, ICT and Energy, Konza Technopolis Development Authority and Vision 2030 Delivery Board.
Earlier, Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) CEO Catherine Adeya had urged Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) to kick off the road construction as soon as possible adding that this will determine development of other infrastructure.
“We have to know where the road will pass before putting and electric cable or fibre cable. We want them to work hand in hand to ensure that we don’t see digging up of roads to lay cables,” she said.
She said that Kenya power has already kicked off the design work.
“There are seven viable boreholes although we dug 11 of them, but the water they have is actually sufficient for phase one in the next five years. After that we will rely on Thwake Dam which is being funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Water Ministry. They promised us by 2016, there will be enough water running into Konza,” Adeya said.
The multi-billion shillings techno city has also been dogged with controversy over its location with both Makueni and Machakos Counties claiming it.
The much awaited historic Konza Technology City, which is equated to the famous Silicon Valley in the United States of America, is expected to brand the country as a global destination of choice for technology innovations.
The Kenya Silicon Valley, will be constructed on a 5,000 acres piece of land, is located 60 kilometres from Nairobi and is expected to attract sufficient investments to create over 20,000 direct jobs by the end of the year.
The components of the city include a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) park, science park, mega malls, convention centre, data schools, world class hotels, international schools, world class hospitals, championship golf course, financial district, high speed mass transport system, residential housing among other high class developments.