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Mombasa City’s Ambitious Master Development Plan

Coastweek-- The Mombasa county government has been urged to seek technical approach from the central government as it embarks on the implementation of the ambitious Mombasa city gate master plan, reports TITUS MUSAU.

Transport and Infrastructure Principal Secretary John Mosonic said it is prudent for the county government to involve relevant governmental institutions in the implementation of the ambitious master plan to avoid duplication of projects and waste of public resources.

The Mombasa government is planning to develop a railway transport system within the city centre, build second Nyali Bridge and expand highways entering the Mombasa city but the government official calls for a common direction amongst the two arms of government.

Other components in the 25 year master plan are development of infrastructure, airport, power, water supply, sewerage, telecommunication and solid waste management.

The government official who was addressing delegates during the official opening of the Japan Seminar on Urban transportation at Travellers Beach Hotel, Club and Spa said the ministry of transport and infrastructure should be involved in implementing the multi-million projects.

“The challenge is that you have developed a good plan but the implementation is the problem.


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  Coastweek-- Transport and Infrastructure Principal Secretary John Mosonik [centre], Mombasa County Secretary Francis Thoya [left] and the Director of urban transportation planning office city bureau in Japan Izumi Kawaguchi peruses a document during the Japan and Kenya seminar on urban transportation held at Travellers beach Hotel, Club and Spa. PHOTO BY TITUS MUSAU

“We should always be in concurrence, there are some issues which we need to discuss before the county begins any implementation,” said Mosonik.

This happens amid concerns that the ambitious plan would fall within the national governments vision 2030 which both plans provide for the development of a multi-billion shilling Dongo Kundu, Mombasa port expansion and proposed railway for commuter trains in Kenya’s largest city.

When the two arms of government adopts the master plan it will received development assistance inform of grant from the government of Japan through its agency, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to fund the Mombasa Gate City Master Plan.

Mombasa county secretary Francis Thoya said the plan will be successful if all relevant institutions are brought on board in the implementation.

“More consultations need to be done before the Urban Transportation is put into consideration,” said Thoya.

The Japanese government delegation led by JICA senior representative Mr. Satoshi Sugimoto accompanied by among others Executive Chief Engineer from Nippon Koei Engineering consultants in Japan Eng. Hideo Tsuji, said the Japanese government was fully prepared to fund the project once consultations are complete.

However the government says shortage of land might pose a major challenge in the implementation.

“This is a good plan, and the government is ready to finance these projects like it has been doing before,” said Sugimoto.

County executive in charge of Land and Planning Antony Njaramba said Mombasa city has been without a master plan since 1971, leading to rapid growth of slums and unplanned development but the new plan will guide the development of economic zones in the entire county.

“The master plan is a guide plan, it’s a public document that will guide us as we embark on developing new economic zones as well as developing new projects,” Njaramba said.

The old document zoned the county into commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural areas, but the defunct Mombasa Municipal Council was blamed for failing to adhere to the plan.

However, as a result the population in Mombasa has shot up to 1.2 million leading to rapid growth of slums. The plan is set to last for 50 years.

It is also providing for mini cities to help decongest the port town of Mombasa.

The previous master plan was developed in 1976 by McLoffin Company of Britainto cater for a population of 300,000 and was to last 30 years until 2006.

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