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Outering 2When Outering Road is fully upgraded into a dual there will be need to improve road in estates such as Kariobangi South, Umoja Donholm and Buru Buru plus areas such Mathare North and Kariobanging Light Industries. These estates have very few road entering Outering Road which might lead to frequent traffic jams at the junctions into the estates. Here are some of the junctions into the estates:

Roads Outering Rd

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DSCF5237Finally the much awaited Outering Road construction was officially launched by President Uhuru Kenya on 22/1/2015. The new road will have new features such high speed and service lanes, walking and bicycle paths, bridges and flyovers. With these new development, it is expected that road users will be forced to up their skills how they interact with the road especially, public transport vehicles, pedestrians and motorists.

Public transport will have to content with ‘small’ space allocated as bus stop for busy routes such as Kayole, Umoja and Juja Road which have several bus / matatu numbers. Self discipline and obeying road signs will help reduce an unnecessary traffic jam and accidents.

Despite the road being busy and located in densely populated areas it does not have a single foot bridge. Pedestrians will enjoy the services of more than 10 footbridges along the 13Km road and side walks. Currently, some pedestrians have been knocked while attempting to cross the road. Experience from Thika Super Highway has shown that there is need to create awareness on road safety which the road is being constructed plus ensuring community participate identifying appropriate location for bridges based on access to resources as such as markets, learning institutions, bus stops and residential areas.

Outering Road will have high speed lanes which will see easier movement of people and goods. This will call for road design that will deter pedestrians from crossing at undesignated areas.

Cyclists will enjoy the new cycling lanes which were not there before. The Kenya Urban Roads Authority and Nairobi County government should ensure that walking and cycling paths are protected so as not to be invaded by hawkers and other open air traders as in the case of Thika Super High Way at Githurai and GSU fly over.

All road users will have to develop new skills once the new look Outering Road is completed. Given that this will be most high speed road, use of CCTV cameras will come in handy in nabbing traffic offenders while associated agencies can carry our massive awareness on road safety before the completion of the project. – Simon

Houses constructed next to the river

Houses constructed next to the river


It is now becoming a common feature in the newspaper to read an individual or a group of people also known as Project Affected Persons (PAPs) raising concerns how infrastructure development projects are being implemented in their locality. From Kitui, Kajiado to Turkana local people have raised issues about these projects in their areas. To some bureaucrats, financiers, investors and contractors PAPs are unreasonable, narrow minded, short sighted and as described by Nation newspaper columnist recently ‘a group with over exaggerated sense of rights’. Why do PAPs emerge with grievances in the middle of the project implementation and how best can their issues be addressed?

People are now more informed than before when community rarely asked questions but instead clapped for any kind of development coming their way. The cases that have been highlighted in the media, has exhibited limited lack of involvement, engagement, participation and consultation by between the state agencies concerned and the people.
Currently people in Kajiado are not happy and are seeking same treatment as other areas when it comes to compensation for way leaves (power lines) to pass through their area. Consulting the locals and even undertaking an exchange program would have helped reduce misunderstanding between the organs concerned. The Standard Gauge Railway project is also bound to encounter similar challenges since most of its land have either been grabbed or encroached after many years of being partially in operation. The conditions set by the financiers of the project are not known to the PAPs. The institutional frame work should as much as possible work to address emerging concerns during the appraisal stages.

Kenya’s geo strategic locations and recent discovery of oil and other minerals has and will ‘force’ the government to rethink how best to strengthen its position in the region by investing in infrastructure and to improve the living standards of its citizens so as to attract more investment. Any good citizen will support the state when it comes to development but the government should protects it people against exploitation of any form.

There has been a lot of encroachment on land set aside for development in different parts of our country and this calls for proper engagement mechanisms to developed from appraisal to implementation stages. If today we are to implement rehabilitation of Nairobi River Project be sure that from Kibera to Mathare that there will be thousands of people to be relocated.
An extensive public consultation for PAPs can be an expensive affair but also very beneficial for the success of any project. Social development specialists must play a critical role in highlighting community concerns during Environmental and Social Impact Assessment since this will show a significant connection between the project being implemented and the community. Building schools, hospitals and boreholes goodies should go a step further by education and creating more awareness about the real benefits of the project being implement. As a society it will be naïve not to expect a person who is just about to be dislocated or whose property will be affected not to raise any concern.

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There has been so many ongoing projects along roadside like laying of cables along Juja Rd. This is a trend that is most likely to continue with advancement in technology.
Below is a check list from http://www.kenha.co.ke/index.php?option=com_jdownloads&Itemid=148&view=viewdownload&catid=15&cid=20

Checklist/Requirements for Roadside Developments
1. Application to construct or improve access roads to Class A, B, or C roads
• Application letter detailing the proposed developments and justification.
• A survey of the property from the Survey of Kenya
• Detailed Engineering Design Drawings with general layout, cross-sections and all other relevant details to scale (2 copies).
• A geo-referenced map (UTM map projection, Arc 1960 Datum) giving location and affected plot(s) in relation to the road (2 printouts and soft copy (CAD)).
• Complete application copied to Regional Manager of respective region for comments/consent following a site visit. Alternatively a site visit report from an officer from HQ.

2. Application to lay communication cables along and/or across class A, B or C roads
• Application letter detailing the proposed developments and justification.
• Detailed Engineering Design LayoutDrawings overlain on a properly geo-referenced map (UTM map projection, Arc 1960 Datum)showing cadastral data, longitudinal profile, cross-sections of typical trenches and road crossings (micro-tunneling), junctions and manholes/handholes with coordinates and all other relevant details to scale.Coordinates (X, Y) list for all the utility line bends and manholes/handholes should also be included in the map. Layout drawings should be provided for a scale of 1:2500 for the general layout and 1:500 for the details (crossings) and provided in 2 printed copies and in soft (CAD).
• Where service ducts are provided, the applicant shall not be allowed to lay the cable at any other point.
• Copied to Regional Manager of respective region for comments/consent following a site visit. Alternatively a site visit report from an officer from HQ.

3. Application to lay water pipelines along and/or across class A, B or C roads
• Application letter detailing the proposed developments and justification.
• Detailed Engineering Design Drawings overlain on properly geo-referenced maps (UTM map projection, Arc 1960 Datum)showing pipeline network and pipeline size(s), layout and profiles in relation to road, cross-sections of typical trenches and road crossings(reinstatement details where applicable), details of river crossings, road over rail/river bridge crossings & anchorages and all other relevant details to scale. Coordinates (X, Y) list for all the utility line bends and manholes should also be included in the map. Layout drawings should be provided for a scale of 1:2500 for the general layout and 1:500 for the details (2 printed copied & soft copy(CAD)).
• Where appropriate service ducts are provided, the applicant shall not be allowed to lay the pipe at any other point.
• Copied to Regional Manager of respective region for comments/consent following a site visit. Alternatively a site visit report from an officer from HQ.

4. Application to lay sewer lines along and/or across class A, B or C roads
• Application letter detailing the proposed developments and justification.
• Detailed Engineering Design Drawings overlain on properly geo-referenced maps (UTM map projection, Arc 1960 Datum) showing pipeline network and size(s), layout and profiles in relation to road, cross-sections of typical trenches and road crossings(reinstatement details where applicable) and all other relevant details to scale. Coordinates (X, Y) list for all the utility line bends and manholes should also be included in the map. Layout drawings should be provided for a scale of 1:2500 for the general layout and 1:500 for the details (2 printed copied & soft copy (CAD)).
• Copied to Regional Manager of respective region for comments/consent following a site visit. Alternatively a site visit report from an officer from HQ.

5. Application to erect power lines along and/or across class A, B or C roads and,
• Application letter detailing the proposed developments and justification.
• For underground cables, Detailed Engineering Design Drawings overlain on properly geo-referenced maps(UTM map projection, Arc 1960 Datum) detailing cable size(s), layout in relation to road, cross-sections of typical trenches and road crossings(micro-tunneling), road over rail/river bridge crossings & anchorages and all other relevant details to scale. Coordinates (X, Y) list for all the utility line bends and manholes should also be included in the map. Layout drawings should be provided for a scale of 1:2500 for the general layout and 1:500 for the details (2 printed copied & soft copy(CAD)).
• For overhead cables, detailed Engineering Design layout drawing showing the cable route and the position of all poles overlain on a properly geo-referenced map.
• Copied to Regional Manager of respective region for comments/consent following a site visit. Alternatively a site visit report from an officer from HQ.

6. Application to install any form of advertisement on road reserves along class A, B or C roads
• Application letter detailing the proposed developments and justification.
• A properly geo-referenced location map (UTM map projection, Arc 1960 Datum) showing all salient features and the location of the advertisement structure (with coordinates) in relation to the road and other existing utilities. Maps should be provided for a scale of 1:2500 for the general layout and 1:500 for the details (2 printed copied & soft copies(CAD)).
• For the support structure, detailed Engineering Design Drawing and supporting computations certified by a Registered Structural Engineer (2 copies).
• Copied to Regional Manager of respective region for comments/consent following a site visit. Alternatively a site visit report from an officer from HQ.