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Kitengela to Rongai Road Construction and Tarmacking
Chaka
#21 Posted : Saturday, August 18, 2018 11:23:05 AM
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@Mugundaman,
A well written story there..you have a flair for writing.
wukan
#22 Posted : Saturday, August 18, 2018 1:23:16 PM
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@mugundaman, very good writing. I like the enthusiasm. I remember all those places in the late 80s and 90s as sleepy towns where nothing much happened. As folks got priced out of Nairobi during the 90s inflation era, they went to establish the Nairobi dream there. 'Watu wakucome' as the people of Eastlando say have filled up those places. But those areas are just a poor imitation of Nairobi(those are nairobi wannabes). You don't see the same growth of culture that you see in Nairobi proper. Imagine sheng sprung up in eastlando, fashion styles, music, etc. In terms of pace-setting what can you say of those places? Not even one song in praise of those areas.

Don't get me wrong I love the growth story but I look at those places in 15-20 years I see the same shithole that Nairobi became chaotic, noisy, polluted, unlivable. Cities are about bringing people closer not scattering them in disjointed neighborhoods. You actually had to put aside a day to go on a tour of those areas. What level of interaction with those areas do you have on a daily basis? You can't experience a place by driving through.
hardwood
#23 Posted : Saturday, August 18, 2018 8:15:09 PM
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My kaploti is 500m from yukos huko milimani. Bought 5yrs ago. Now surrounded by 3 serious gated communities. Also my neighbours have put up 5 bdrm mansions. Area looks like karen. Am very happy with kitengela. Cant imagine the land value now. My vacant kaplot must have gone up 1000%.
Ecclesiastes 9:7 So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this.
MugundaMan
#24 Posted : Saturday, August 18, 2018 8:49:26 PM
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Location: DC (Dustbowl County)
wukan wrote:
@mugundaman, very good writing. I like the enthusiasm. I remember all those places in the late 80s and 90s as sleepy towns where nothing much happened. As folks got priced out of Nairobi during the 90s inflation era, they went to establish the Nairobi dream there. 'Watu wakucome' as the people of Eastlando say have filled up those places. But those areas are just a poor imitation of Nairobi(those are nairobi wannabes). You don't see the same growth of culture that you see in Nairobi proper. Imagine sheng sprung up in eastlando, fashion styles, music, etc. In terms of pace-setting what can you say of those places? Not even one song in praise of those areas.

Don't get me wrong I love the growth story but I look at those places in 15-20 years I see the same shithole that Nairobi became chaotic, noisy, polluted, unlivable. Cities are about bringing people closer not scattering them in disjointed neighborhoods. You actually had to put aside a day to go on a tour of those areas. What level of interaction with those areas do you have on a daily basis? You can't experience a place by driving through.


Laughing out loudly Laughing out loudly Laughing out loudly

Wukan, I'm beginning to think you do not have an issue with just dust bowl but our entire country. No place will meet your exacting standards. To each his own. Us we are there to stay Drool
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MugundaMan
#25 Posted : Saturday, August 18, 2018 9:04:52 PM
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hardwood wrote:
My kaploti is 500m from yukos huko milimani. Bought 5yrs ago. Now surrounded by 3 serious gated communities. Also my neighbours have put up 5 bdrm mansions. Area looks like karen. Am very happy with kitengela. Cant imagine the land value now. My vacant kaplot must have gone up 1000%.


Good move bro. Wish I started investing in the area as early as you! I would be so much further ahead.
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MugundaMan
#26 Posted : Saturday, August 18, 2018 9:06:26 PM
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Chaka wrote:
@Mugundaman,
A well written story there..you have a flair for writing.

Thanks bro, and thanks all. Just thought it was an experience worth sharing.
"The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." - Psalm 14:1
Dustbowl County is the Future of Kenya.
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radio
#27 Posted : Saturday, August 18, 2018 10:05:15 PM
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MugundaMan wrote:
Decided to seek some adventure recently. Drove down to Kitengela a.k.a "dust bowl" (Kajiado County)according to my good friend wukansmile . Had not been there in a month, so was pleasantly surprised to see so many changes that had happened since I last visited. The brand new Mall is in the middle of town is almost complete. More slip roads are currently under heavy construction - and I assume ready for tarmacking - in the CBD. Further afield on Namanga hwy both sides have newly murramed slip roads that are a delight to everyone.

It always amazes me how many brand new buildings are popping up like weeds all over the place in Kenya's fastest growing town. Was also very happy to see very many workers actively sweeping the roads to get rid of the legendary Kitengela dust and soil! This I had never seen before. At this rate Kitengela will be giving suburbs like Nairobi West and Westlands a run for their money in the coming 5 years.

Munching over fresh, very juicy and tasty mbuzi choma at the famous Yukos, I was already on relaxation mode. That's another thing I love about this part of the dust bowl. It's near Nairobi but very far from Nairobi in terms of pace and lifestyle. Despite Namanga highway being right outside the garden at Yukos, the flow of traffic is not noisy at all. You cannot help but feel at ease compared to the craziness we all experience in Nairobi's CBD. The only bad experience I had at Yukos was the waiter tried to over-inflate the bill by 100 bob using funny math that I caught like a hawk. But that is a story for another day. Next up was to hit Isinya.

Yukos to Isinya stretch amazed me further. More buildings and estates coming up like gale force winds all over the place. A lot of new factories and industries as well that touch the tarmac. I think this is a great way for the area to develop. Industries by the main road, residential suburbs that supply labour to the industries that radiate for many km away from the highway on both sides. And there is a scenic beauty to this whole area that is undeniable. Especially when you are hitting 100kph on that smooth highway. But who put the new bumps on the highway though?

Isinya town is nothing to write home about. I in fact prefer Kisaju shopping centre to Isinya town. I hope Kajiado county demolishes some buildings in both and restores order and sanity so that these two future cities are restored to beauty and order. If not we will end up with two unsightly Mlolongo towns that detract from Kitengela's beauty.

The entrance to Pipeline road (Isinya-Kiserian) is pure chaos. Dust, matatus, idlers and goats all milling around without rhythm like a bizarre symphony. But ah! Once you are 500m in on the somewhat acceptable tarmac, you are in another world altogether. Gentle, rolling plains, golden meadows and fenced in farms, homes as well as wide open spaces. Then comes the diversions.

Heavy construction by the Chinese going on on various stretches on Pipeline road henceforth. You have to battle dust plumes from matatus on the diversion murram roads before rejoining very smooth tarmac on other sections. You cannot help but admire the forward thinking people who bought tens of acres touching Pipeline road here decades ago. Those fellows will be sitting on billions of shillings once the road is done and dusted.



Very many posh schools that proudly boast of weird curriculums dot that stretch of highway. So do interesting resorts and the famous Orly Air Park hidden in the second row from the highway. But what truly gets to me are the nice landscapes and the natural beauty of the acacia dotted plains. I hope this is not destroyed in the coming decades. It would be a tragedy if it happens.

As you approach Kiserian, the tarmac road gets very bumpy. Attempts at patching with murram have been somewhat successful but the car tyres still take quite a beating on that road. The views of the mighty Ngong Hills with its windmills just as you approach the Kiserian junction are out of this world. They always take my breath away. It's a pity so many funny structures are coming up in that Kiserian dam area that are slummifying the area. Speaking of Kiserian dam, that is another disaster. I hope the infamous SANY's move in to declutter those buildings that are an eyesore around the dam. If it was well managed it would be a real tourist attraction. But human encroachment and pollution have turned the area into a scary looking place that you might not want to find yourself stuck in at night!

Kiserian town is ok but needs better planning and maintenance. And its getting as overpopulated as Rongai. The stretch from Kiserian to Ngong town is smooth as a baby's bottom. Nywee all through. I only wish we could do a better job of maintaining the surrounding areas, plots and properties. Thousands of unsightly signposts and boards litter the highway and to add insult to injury, some government agency has put huge red "X" signs across most of them, adding to the chaos. Instead of investing in all that paint to tell us those signs are to be removed, why not just remove them?

As I approached Ngong in the evening, some youngsters were busy playing football in the sun splashed fields next to the "proposed" Ngong stadium. Strange that a signboard is up yet nothing has happened there for 5 years. I noticed also yet another signboard for "proposed" parking bays in Ngong town that was almost falling down after being there for a minimum of ten years. I hope the money was not eaten!

Ngong town is a beautiful town yet a disaster punching well below its weight IMHO. It is unthinkable that such a reasonably well planned town has terrible feeder roads even within its CBD that are red soil with huge craters in them all over. And drainage is non existent. And those roads are not even very long. They could all be tarmacked within one year at very little cost. If that happened Ngong would give towns like Kitengela a serious run for their money. Instead nobody really ventures deep beyond the main tarmac road and hawkers prefer to sell by the roadside knowing this fact. Whoever is in charge of Ngong is really asleep at the wheel. But thankfully the private sector is doing its bit. Was happy to see Total Ngong's brand new station sparkling by the road side, and they did proper drainage and cabro-ing of the surrounding area. Ngong Hills Arcade also looks very nice. New well built apartment complexes and office buildings are also coming up. And of course Milele Mall has forever changed Ngong CBD for the better.

As I crossed the SGR pillars at Embul-bul heading back into the green city in the sun, I couldn't help but think we have a beautiful, rapidly developing country. If only we could curb corruption, enforce zoning and building laws to the letter and live up to our huge potential. Kenya would be an enviable paradise. Our destiny is in our hands and the choice is ours.


Well done and written. This disruptive Matiangi holiday on Tues, God willing, I'll drive down this road..Kite to Ngong and veiw this. Asante
RIEK01
#28 Posted : Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:25:19 AM
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Kitengela still has some good head room in terms of pricing, especially the outskirts,the infrastructure improvements are only going to add more value. Also, following the actions of the Nairobi Regeneration Committee, the "extra space" that used to exist in Nairobi Will be no more, hence the apartment buyers in Kileleshawa, Kilimani etc Will look for "legit" property. The beneficiaries will be neighbouring counties with Kitengela and Machakos (Athi River) taking pole position in terms of "affordability"
MugundaMan
#29 Posted : Friday, August 24, 2018 8:34:29 AM
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Location: DC (Dustbowl County)
How SGR will change Kajiado County and Naivasha area forever.



http://thedailymail.co.k...hange-naivasha-forever/

Quote:
The work on the 120km-Nairobi-Naivasha route has been going on since the beginning of the year, following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successful acquisition of funding from a Chinese bank for the project, popularly referred to as SGR Phase 2A.

Apart from being one of the major tourism hubs in Kenya, Naivasha is also the country’s centre of geothermal production. The railway line with not affect wildlife at Nairobi National Park, which is along the way, as there are plans to construct a 6km bridge across the park. This move has left many environmental activists very satisfied with the venture.

According to Engineer Maxwell Mengich, SGR 2A will forever change the face of Kajiado County — by opening up Twala, Ongata Rongai, Kiserian, Bulbul and Ngong towns. A train on the route is expected to take 1 hour, which will be a lot faster than using vehicles, which are prone to accidents on the dangerous Nairobi-Naivasha road.

Just like the Nairobi-Mombasa line, this phase 2 will also be much cheaper and convenient, opening up the Naivasha to more visitors from the capital, thereby promoting tourism and hospitality industry. To attract investors to set up industries at designated zones near Naivasha’s Olkaria area, President Kenyatta said the government will offer subsidized power tariffs.

The companies will also have their power connected directly from power plants in the area to ensure uninterrupted supplies.The project will be completed within the next few months.

Eventually, the SGR will reach Kisumu, passing through Nakuru, Kisii among other towns along the way.


These type of gamechangers only come to countries like ours once in a lifetime. To ignore the implications of them including how valuable it is to invest around these cities and corridors is to miss an opportunity that comes once in 5 generations!
"The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." - Psalm 14:1
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tinker
#30 Posted : Saturday, August 25, 2018 6:28:27 PM
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Location: Nairobi
MugundaMan wrote:
Decided to seek some adventure recently. Drove down to Kitengela a.k.a "dust bowl" (Kajiado County)according to my good friend wukansmile . Had not been there in a month, so was pleasantly surprised to see so many changes that had happened since I last visited. The brand new Mall is in the middle of town is almost complete. More slip roads are currently under heavy construction - and I assume ready for tarmacking - in the CBD. Further afield on Namanga hwy both sides have newly murramed slip roads that are a delight to everyone.

It always amazes me how many brand new buildings are popping up like weeds all over the place in Kenya's fastest growing town. Was also very happy to see very many workers actively sweeping the roads to get rid of the legendary Kitengela dust and soil! This I had never seen before. At this rate Kitengela will be giving suburbs like Nairobi West and Westlands a run for their money in the coming 5 years.

Munching over fresh, very juicy and tasty mbuzi choma at the famous Yukos, I was already on relaxation mode. That's another thing I love about this part of the dust bowl. It's near Nairobi but very far from Nairobi in terms of pace and lifestyle. Despite Namanga highway being right outside the garden at Yukos, the flow of traffic is not noisy at all. You cannot help but feel at ease compared to the craziness we all experience in Nairobi's CBD. The only bad experience I had at Yukos was the waiter tried to over-inflate the bill by 100 bob using funny math that I caught like a hawk. But that is a story for another day. Next up was to hit Isinya.

Yukos to Isinya stretch amazed me further. More buildings and estates coming up like gale force winds all over the place. A lot of new factories and industries as well that touch the tarmac. I think this is a great way for the area to develop. Industries by the main road, residential suburbs that supply labour to the industries that radiate for many km away from the highway on both sides. And there is a scenic beauty to this whole area that is undeniable. Especially when you are hitting 100kph on that smooth highway. But who put the new bumps on the highway though?

Isinya town is nothing to write home about. I in fact prefer Kisaju shopping centre to Isinya town. I hope Kajiado county demolishes some buildings in both and restores order and sanity so that these two future cities are restored to beauty and order. If not we will end up with two unsightly Mlolongo towns that detract from Kitengela's beauty.

The entrance to Pipeline road (Isinya-Kiserian) is pure chaos. Dust, matatus, idlers and goats all milling around without rhythm like a bizarre symphony. But ah! Once you are 500m in on the somewhat acceptable tarmac, you are in another world altogether. Gentle, rolling plains, golden meadows and fenced in farms, homes as well as wide open spaces. Then comes the diversions.

Heavy construction by the Chinese going on on various stretches on Pipeline road henceforth. You have to battle dust plumes from matatus on the diversion murram roads before rejoining very smooth tarmac on other sections. You cannot help but admire the forward thinking people who bought tens of acres touching Pipeline road here decades ago. Those fellows will be sitting on billions of shillings once the road is done and dusted.



Very many posh schools that proudly boast of weird curriculums dot that stretch of highway. So do interesting resorts and the famous Orly Air Park hidden in the second row from the highway. But what truly gets to me are the nice landscapes and the natural beauty of the acacia dotted plains. I hope this is not destroyed in the coming decades. It would be a tragedy if it happens.

As you approach Kiserian, the tarmac road gets very bumpy. Attempts at patching with murram have been somewhat successful but the car tyres still take quite a beating on that road. The views of the mighty Ngong Hills with its windmills just as you approach the Kiserian junction are out of this world. They always take my breath away. It's a pity so many funny structures are coming up in that Kiserian dam area that are slummifying the area. Speaking of Kiserian dam, that is another disaster. I hope the infamous SANY's move in to declutter those buildings that are an eyesore around the dam. If it was well managed it would be a real tourist attraction. But human encroachment and pollution have turned the area into a scary looking place that you might not want to find yourself stuck in at night!

Kiserian town is ok but needs better planning and maintenance. And its getting as overpopulated as Rongai. The stretch from Kiserian to Ngong town is smooth as a baby's bottom. Nywee all through. I only wish we could do a better job of maintaining the surrounding areas, plots and properties. Thousands of unsightly signposts and boards litter the highway and to add insult to injury, some government agency has put huge red "X" signs across most of them, adding to the chaos. Instead of investing in all that paint to tell us those signs are to be removed, why not just remove them?

As I approached Ngong in the evening, some youngsters were busy playing football in the sun splashed fields next to the "proposed" Ngong stadium. Strange that a signboard is up yet nothing has happened there for 5 years. I noticed also yet another signboard for "proposed" parking bays in Ngong town that was almost falling down after being there for a minimum of ten years. I hope the money was not eaten!

Ngong town is a beautiful town yet a disaster punching well below its weight IMHO. It is unthinkable that such a reasonably well planned town has terrible feeder roads even within its CBD that are red soil with huge craters in them all over. And drainage is non existent. And those roads are not even very long. They could all be tarmacked within one year at very little cost. If that happened Ngong would give towns like Kitengela a serious run for their money. Instead nobody really ventures deep beyond the main tarmac road and hawkers prefer to sell by the roadside knowing this fact. Whoever is in charge of Ngong is really asleep at the wheel. But thankfully the private sector is doing its bit. Was happy to see Total Ngong's brand new station sparkling by the road side, and they did proper drainage and cabro-ing of the surrounding area. Ngong Hills Arcade also looks very nice. New well built apartment complexes and office buildings are also coming up. And of course Milele Mall has forever changed Ngong CBD for the better.

As I crossed the SGR pillars at Embul-bul heading back into the green city in the sun, I couldn't help but think we have a beautiful, rapidly developing country. If only we could curb corruption, enforce zoning and building laws to the letter and live up to our huge potential. Kenya would be an enviable paradise. Our destiny is in our hands and the choice is ours.

Very nice piece work, I like the narration about your tour. To some of us, this 'towns' are our hometowns.
I will somehow agree with your observation that Kiserian is getting over populated,looks like the area polulation has trippled in the last 10 years, but again, this is what we need because it is boosting our businesses.
Regarding better planning in Kiserian, if you ventured few meters into the 'CBD' you would appreciate the work that is in progress, There is a ultra modern 'soko' that is being built and am encouraged by the pace, the contractor is doing a very good job.

Kiserian CBD has at least 2, very well maintained ablution blocks, which boost public health and sanitation. Some work on sewerage system was done in 2016, but it stalled at some point-Goodness knows why it stalled.
you will also notice working street lighting around CBD and along the three famous slaughter houses. This makes the area very safe even at night. Indeed Kiserian, as Maasai named it, is a place of Peace.
Situated only 28 KM away from City center, Kiserian will be another Kitengela when Bomas-Rongai-Kiserian road will be dualed.
I agree there are slum-like structures hosting ma-fundi other workers around Kiserian Dam area but this is common in any developing town. For the record, there are very nice residential houses and apartments along njia ya mlima, including what is locally referred to as Waiguru's apartment.

In Kiserian, we share the hood with former high and mighty including Muthaura,Eng Kamau, Naikuni and the late VP. just to mention a few. God knows why they did nothing to improve the area when they enjoyed government influence.
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MugundaMan
#31 Posted : Saturday, August 25, 2018 6:57:21 PM
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tinker wrote:

Very nice piece work, I like the narration about your tour. To some of us, this 'towns' are our hometowns.
I will somehow agree with your observation that Kiserian is getting over populated,looks like the area polulation has trippled in the last 10 years, but again, this is what we need because it is boosting our businesses.
Regarding better planning in Kiserian, if you ventured few meters into the 'CBD' you would appreciate the work that is in progress, There is a ultra modern 'soko' that is being built and am encouraged by the pace, the contractor is doing a very good job.

Kiserian CBD has at least 2, very well maintained ablution blocks, which boost public health and sanitation. Some work on sewerage system was done in 2016, but it stalled at some point-Goodness knows why it stalled.
you will also notice working street lighting around CBD and along the three famous slaughter houses. This makes the area very safe even at night. Indeed Kiserian, as Maasai named it, is a place of Peace.
Situated only 28 KM away from City center, Kiserian will be another Kitengela when Bomas-Rongai-Kiserian road will be dualed.
I agree there are slum-like structures hosting ma-fundi other workers around Kiserian Dam area but this is common in any developing town. For the record, there are very nice residential houses and apartments along njia ya mlima, including what is locally referred to as Waiguru's apartment.

In Kiserian, we share the hood with former high and mighty including Muthaura,Eng Kamau, Naikuni and the late VP. just to mention a few. God knows why they did nothing to improve the area when they enjoyed government influence.


Thanks tinker.

It's always nice to get an in depth point of view from someone who lives in or knows an area better. Asante. I think Athi- River, Kitengela, Kisaju, Isinya, Kiserian/Rongai, Ngong corridor will be the next big thing especially when SGR is complete and pipeline road is totally done. All these towns have very huge potential. In fact I think over the next 50 years, they will all merge into Nairobi with Nairobi National Park at the dead centre of it all.

I wish these towns develop their master plans early. Kajiado County launched their spatial plan some time back. I hope it included some very thorough planning for these towns as the main urban nodes and for Kitengela especially given its strategic importance as thee main gateway town to Arusha.

Residential areas need to be strictly planned for and controlled so that urban slums or forests of 10-story concrete apartments with no trees in very squeezed plots do not take over in these otherwise beautiful towns. All in all I am very optimistic about all of them. Anyone who has invested or who will invest in this corridor will be sitting pretty well into the future. Whatever small challenges they each have can all be solved if tackled early by all stakeholders including business owners, plot and all other property owners and government at county and national levels as well IMHO.
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tinker
#32 Posted : Friday, April 12, 2019 11:37:35 AM
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Bachuma Gate wrote:
Bachuma Gate wrote:
In Rongai. Gataka rd to Embul Embul. Cooperative to Matasia. Masai Lodge to Rimpa. Tuskys chap chap were awarded to a Chinese contractor in March.

Dualing of Bomas to Kona Baridi is set to be awarded to Sinohydro.


The Rongai rds were awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Company. I saw the communication.



Hopes delayed but not dimmed.
https://mobile.nation.co...em-1-10jsm1q/index.html

"
...will be completed in February 2022 and not June 2021 as earlier planned.
The link roads are being upgraded into bitumen standards to ease traffic in the county.
1. The first section of the road starts from Ongata
Rongai-Gataka and ends at Embulbul along Ngong Road.

2. The second link starts at Co-operative College in
Karen and ends at Matasia along Ngong-Kiserian Road.

3. The third loop starts at Matasia along Ngong
Kiserian road and ends at Nkoroi along Ongata-
Rongai Kiserian road.

4. The fourth link starts at Ongata Rongai (Maasai
Lodge junction) through Nazarene University and
ends at Rimpa along Ongata Rongai Kiserian Road.

5. The fifth stretch begins along Kiserian Magadi road
through Leweisa Academy and ends at Kahara market.

6. The final stretch starts at the junction of Gataka
road and ends along Ongata Rongai — Kiserian road.
works on the project will include improvement to
bitumen standard of spur road within Ongata
Rongai,Kiserian and Ngong towns."


On a flip side, 2022 haiko mbali, and if this really materializes one day, then Ngong-Rongai-Kiserian triangle will be the place to be.

By the way, who knows where is Leweisa Academy or they meant laiser Hills Academy?.
....He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion..
maka
#33 Posted : Monday, April 15, 2019 7:07:44 AM
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Joined: 4/22/2010
Posts: 11,044
Location: Nairobi
tinker wrote:
Bachuma Gate wrote:
Bachuma Gate wrote:
In Rongai. Gataka rd to Embul Embul. Cooperative to Matasia. Masai Lodge to Rimpa. Tuskys chap chap were awarded to a Chinese contractor in March.

Dualing of Bomas to Kona Baridi is set to be awarded to Sinohydro.


The Rongai rds were awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Company. I saw the communication.



Hopes delayed but not dimmed.
https://mobile.nation.co...em-1-10jsm1q/index.html

"
...will be completed in February 2022 and not June 2021 as earlier planned.
The link roads are being upgraded into bitumen standards to ease traffic in the county.
1. The first section of the road starts from Ongata
Rongai-Gataka and ends at Embulbul along Ngong Road.

2. The second link starts at Co-operative College in
Karen and ends at Matasia along Ngong-Kiserian Road.

3. The third loop starts at Matasia along Ngong
Kiserian road and ends at Nkoroi along Ongata-
Rongai Kiserian road.

4. The fourth link starts at Ongata Rongai (Maasai
Lodge junction) through Nazarene University and
ends at Rimpa along Ongata Rongai Kiserian Road.

5. The fifth stretch begins along Kiserian Magadi road
through Leweisa Academy and ends at Kahara market.

6. The final stretch starts at the junction of Gataka
road and ends along Ongata Rongai — Kiserian road.
works on the project will include improvement to
bitumen standard of spur road within Ongata
Rongai,Kiserian and Ngong towns."


On a flip side, 2022 haiko mbali, and if this really materializes one day, then Ngong-Rongai-Kiserian triangle will be the place to be.

By the way, who knows where is Leweisa Academy or they meant laiser Hills Academy?.


Nuh there is actually a Lewisa academy... Somewhere in Ngong... Don't know where exactly but I have seen their buses a couple of times...
possunt quia posse videntur
Queen
#34 Posted : Monday, April 15, 2019 10:59:38 AM
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tinker wrote:
Bachuma Gate wrote:
Bachuma Gate wrote:
In Rongai. Gataka rd to Embul Embul. Cooperative to Matasia. Masai Lodge to Rimpa. Tuskys chap chap were awarded to a Chinese contractor in March.

Dualing of Bomas to Kona Baridi is set to be awarded to Sinohydro.


The Rongai rds were awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Company. I saw the communication.



Hopes delayed but not dimmed.
https://mobile.nation.co...em-1-10jsm1q/index.html

"
...will be completed in February 2022 and not June 2021 as earlier planned.
The link roads are being upgraded into bitumen standards to ease traffic in the county.
1. The first section of the road starts from Ongata
Rongai-Gataka and ends at Embulbul along Ngong Road.

2. The second link starts at Co-operative College in
Karen and ends at Matasia along Ngong-Kiserian Road.

3. The third loop starts at Matasia along Ngong
Kiserian road and ends at Nkoroi along Ongata-
Rongai Kiserian road.

4. The fourth link starts at Ongata Rongai (Maasai
Lodge junction) through Nazarene University and
ends at Rimpa along Ongata Rongai Kiserian Road.

5. The fifth stretch begins along Kiserian Magadi road
through Leweisa Academy and ends at Kahara market.

6. The final stretch starts at the junction of Gataka
road and ends along Ongata Rongai — Kiserian road.
works on the project will include improvement to
bitumen standard of spur road within Ongata
Rongai,Kiserian and Ngong towns."


On a flip side, 2022 haiko mbali, and if this really materializes one day, then Ngong-Rongai-Kiserian triangle will be the place to be.

By the way, who knows where is Leweisa Academy or they meant laiser Hills Academy?.



Na sisi watu wa Oloolua kwani tulisahaulika kwanini? The link road from Ngong Town to "46" through Oloolua market should surely have been considered for upgrading to bitumen standards.
Queen
#35 Posted : Monday, April 15, 2019 11:08:08 AM
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tinker wrote:
MugundaMan wrote:
Decided to seek some adventure recently. Drove down to Kitengela a.k.a "dust bowl" (Kajiado County)according to my good friend wukansmile . Had not been there in a month, so was pleasantly surprised to see so many changes that had happened since I last visited. The brand new Mall is in the middle of town is almost complete. More slip roads are currently under heavy construction - and I assume ready for tarmacking - in the CBD. Further afield on Namanga hwy both sides have newly murramed slip roads that are a delight to everyone.

It always amazes me how many brand new buildings are popping up like weeds all over the place in Kenya's fastest growing town. Was also very happy to see very many workers actively sweeping the roads to get rid of the legendary Kitengela dust and soil! This I had never seen before. At this rate Kitengela will be giving suburbs like Nairobi West and Westlands a run for their money in the coming 5 years.

Munching over fresh, very juicy and tasty mbuzi choma at the famous Yukos, I was already on relaxation mode. That's another thing I love about this part of the dust bowl. It's near Nairobi but very far from Nairobi in terms of pace and lifestyle. Despite Namanga highway being right outside the garden at Yukos, the flow of traffic is not noisy at all. You cannot help but feel at ease compared to the craziness we all experience in Nairobi's CBD. The only bad experience I had at Yukos was the waiter tried to over-inflate the bill by 100 bob using funny math that I caught like a hawk. But that is a story for another day. Next up was to hit Isinya.

Yukos to Isinya stretch amazed me further. More buildings and estates coming up like gale force winds all over the place. A lot of new factories and industries as well that touch the tarmac. I think this is a great way for the area to develop. Industries by the main road, residential suburbs that supply labour to the industries that radiate for many km away from the highway on both sides. And there is a scenic beauty to this whole area that is undeniable. Especially when you are hitting 100kph on that smooth highway. But who put the new bumps on the highway though?

Isinya town is nothing to write home about. I in fact prefer Kisaju shopping centre to Isinya town. I hope Kajiado county demolishes some buildings in both and restores order and sanity so that these two future cities are restored to beauty and order. If not we will end up with two unsightly Mlolongo towns that detract from Kitengela's beauty.

The entrance to Pipeline road (Isinya-Kiserian) is pure chaos. Dust, matatus, idlers and goats all milling around without rhythm like a bizarre symphony. But ah! Once you are 500m in on the somewhat acceptable tarmac, you are in another world altogether. Gentle, rolling plains, golden meadows and fenced in farms, homes as well as wide open spaces. Then comes the diversions.

Heavy construction by the Chinese going on on various stretches on Pipeline road henceforth. You have to battle dust plumes from matatus on the diversion murram roads before rejoining very smooth tarmac on other sections. You cannot help but admire the forward thinking people who bought tens of acres touching Pipeline road here decades ago. Those fellows will be sitting on billions of shillings once the road is done and dusted.



Very many posh schools that proudly boast of weird curriculums dot that stretch of highway. So do interesting resorts and the famous Orly Air Park hidden in the second row from the highway. But what truly gets to me are the nice landscapes and the natural beauty of the acacia dotted plains. I hope this is not destroyed in the coming decades. It would be a tragedy if it happens.

As you approach Kiserian, the tarmac road gets very bumpy. Attempts at patching with murram have been somewhat successful but the car tyres still take quite a beating on that road. The views of the mighty Ngong Hills with its windmills just as you approach the Kiserian junction are out of this world. They always take my breath away. It's a pity so many funny structures are coming up in that Kiserian dam area that are slummifying the area. Speaking of Kiserian dam, that is another disaster. I hope the infamous SANY's move in to declutter those buildings that are an eyesore around the dam. If it was well managed it would be a real tourist attraction. But human encroachment and pollution have turned the area into a scary looking place that you might not want to find yourself stuck in at night!

Kiserian town is ok but needs better planning and maintenance. And its getting as overpopulated as Rongai. The stretch from Kiserian to Ngong town is smooth as a baby's bottom. Nywee all through. I only wish we could do a better job of maintaining the surrounding areas, plots and properties. Thousands of unsightly signposts and boards litter the highway and to add insult to injury, some government agency has put huge red "X" signs across most of them, adding to the chaos. Instead of investing in all that paint to tell us those signs are to be removed, why not just remove them?

As I approached Ngong in the evening, some youngsters were busy playing football in the sun splashed fields next to the "proposed" Ngong stadium. Strange that a signboard is up yet nothing has happened there for 5 years. I noticed also yet another signboard for "proposed" parking bays in Ngong town that was almost falling down after being there for a minimum of ten years. I hope the money was not eaten!

Ngong town is a beautiful town yet a disaster punching well below its weight IMHO. It is unthinkable that such a reasonably well planned town has terrible feeder roads even within its CBD that are red soil with huge craters in them all over. And drainage is non existent. And those roads are not even very long. They could all be tarmacked within one year at very little cost. If that happened Ngong would give towns like Kitengela a serious run for their money. Instead nobody really ventures deep beyond the main tarmac road and hawkers prefer to sell by the roadside knowing this fact. Whoever is in charge of Ngong is really asleep at the wheel. But thankfully the private sector is doing its bit. Was happy to see Total Ngong's brand new station sparkling by the road side, and they did proper drainage and cabro-ing of the surrounding area. Ngong Hills Arcade also looks very nice. New well built apartment complexes and office buildings are also coming up. And of course Milele Mall has forever changed Ngong CBD for the better.

As I crossed the SGR pillars at Embul-bul heading back into the green city in the sun, I couldn't help but think we have a beautiful, rapidly developing country. If only we could curb corruption, enforce zoning and building laws to the letter and live up to our huge potential. Kenya would be an enviable paradise. Our destiny is in our hands and the choice is ours.

Very nice piece work, I like the narration about your tour. To some of us, this 'towns' are our hometowns.
I will somehow agree with your observation that Kiserian is getting over populated,looks like the area polulation has trippled in the last 10 years, but again, this is what we need because it is boosting our businesses.
Regarding better planning in Kiserian, if you ventured few meters into the 'CBD' you would appreciate the work that is in progress, There is a ultra modern 'soko' that is being built and am encouraged by the pace, the contractor is doing a very good job.

Kiserian CBD has at least 2, very well maintained ablution blocks, which boost public health and sanitation. Some work on sewerage system was done in 2016, but it stalled at some point-Goodness knows why it stalled.
you will also notice working street lighting around CBD and along the three famous slaughter houses. This makes the area very safe even at night. Indeed Kiserian, as Maasai named it, is a place of Peace.
Situated only 28 KM away from City center, Kiserian will be another Kitengela when Bomas-Rongai-Kiserian road will be dualed.
I agree there are slum-like structures hosting ma-fundi other workers around Kiserian Dam area but this is common in any developing town. For the record, there are very nice residential houses and apartments along njia ya mlima, including what is locally referred to as Waiguru's apartment.

In Kiserian, we share the hood with former high and mighty including Muthaura,Eng Kamau, Naikuni and the late VP. just to mention a few. God knows why they did nothing to improve the area when they enjoyed government influence.



He put up the house when he was a junior Engineer. After he made money, that house was deserted promptly.


Please don't mention Muthaura in a positive light. He blocked the only road that most locals thought was a public road.
tinker
#36 Posted : Thursday, June 13, 2019 3:59:46 PM
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It is official, finally.

https://www.businessdail...54790-4xesyy/index.html
Chinese contractor Synohydro has won the tender to dual the Bomas-Ongata Rongai-Kona Baridi stretch in a move aimed at reducing traffic congestion within the city.


I am Hoping this will not be another PR gimmick by UhuRuto Garment.
Diaspora people have suffered enough.
....He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion..
Ericsson
#37 Posted : Thursday, June 13, 2019 4:12:42 PM
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Joined: 12/4/2009
Posts: 6,702
Location: NAIROBI
tinker wrote:
It is official, finally.

https://www.businessdail...54790-4xesyy/index.html
Chinese contractor Synohydro has won the tender to dual the Bomas-Ongata Rongai-Kona Baridi stretch in a move aimed at reducing traffic congestion within the city.


I am Hoping this will not be another PR gimmick by UhuRuto Garment.
Diaspora people have suffered enough.


Another PR gimmick.
maka
#38 Posted : Friday, June 14, 2019 4:04:55 AM
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Joined: 4/22/2010
Posts: 11,044
Location: Nairobi
Ericsson wrote:
tinker wrote:
It is official, finally.

https://www.businessdail...54790-4xesyy/index.html
Chinese contractor Synohydro has won the tender to dual the Bomas-Ongata Rongai-Kona Baridi stretch in a move aimed at reducing traffic congestion within the city.


I am Hoping this will not be another PR gimmick by UhuRuto Garment.
Diaspora people have suffered enough.


Another PR gimmick.


Acha tuone....
possunt quia posse videntur
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