, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 4 – The National Government’s Mavoko Sustainable Neighbourhood Programme Scheme is on its final stretch, bringing closer the dreams of some hundreds of slum dwellers to reside in a decent place.
It is a massive project that is part of the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme (KENSUP), which is intended to improve lives and livelihoods of people living and working in slums and informal sectors.
The Sh1.6 billion scheme, which covers 22.74 hectares, is a mixed-use development that will promote co-existence of beneficiaries across various income groups in one gated community.
Slum Upgrading Department Assistant Director Charles Wagura says the project “comprises 463 residential houses of varying sizes.”
Also within the community, as established by Capital FM News is a police station, market stalls, jua kali shades, a VCT centre, a 1,000 capacity multi-purpose social hall.
Wagura says the project is set to greatly benefit the surrounding communities since the government is also fixing the access roads around the estate.
“Other externals works include a borehole, parking areas, a waste water treatment, street lights and auxiliary facilities,” he said.
In the estate shopping centre, there are 11 shops, a mini supermarket, and a restaurant.
The police station has 21 housing units to accommodate officers deployed there.
Wagura says about 3,000 people are expected to reside in the estate once it is operational.
“We are done with 90 percent of work,” he said.
To ensure the communities living there have sufficient water for use, the government has constructed 10,000 litres ground water storage and a high-level tank of 57,000 litres capacity.
“The allocation of the houses will be in line with Sustainable Neighbourhood Programme (SNP) concept with emphasis on sustainability,” he assured.
Some 214 houses, he said, they will be strictly allocated to the slum community alone, the remaining 249, “will be allocated to the general public at market rates.”
The government has since identified the low-income earners who will benefit from the project.
“The project is itself self-sustaining and in harmony with the surrounding environment,” he stated.