Kenya to rehabilitate roads at world famous park

10:25, May 29, 2011      

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The Kenyan government says it is committed to rehabilitate the dilapidated section of road between Narok and Sekenani leading to the world famous national park, Masai Mara.

Roads Minister Franklin Bett who inspected the progress of the road on Saturday pledged to ensure the road is motorable for all users who include tourists visiting the famous Masai Mara.

His visit follows complains raised tour operators, leaders in Narok County and also in Parliament to the effect that the road was not receiving government attention though it plays a major role in the economy of the country.

Bett said his ministry had set aside 4.6 million U.S. dollars in 2010/2011 financial year to start pothole repairs in the tarmacked section and that the contractors who was on site had started working on the first 7 km.

He said another consultant has been given a contract worth 588, 000 dollars to design the road and that will form the basis of his next request to treasury to provide more resources to improve the road to highway standard.

He asked the contractor to move with speed to seal the potholes to enable users drive smoothly along the road saying the one-year contract was delayed because of arbitration and increased scope of work on the road.

The minister said Petwa Road contractors are expected to shape the edges of the road, fill the potholes and lay one layer of asphalt for the 45 km previously bituminized. Ministry of Roads is expected to retender for a contractor to improve the whole 85 km road.

The minister said the government has prioritized several roads in the country most of the leading to tourist parks, citing the Emali-Loitotok road and Athi River-Namanga road which he said has greatly helped ease travel to Amboseli and Tsavo parks.

He asked local authorities to partner with the ministry to improve some sections using funds they collect from road users.

Source: Xinhua
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