Stecol Corporation has landed a 5.6 billion shilling construction deal from the Kenyan government
Treasury allocated 5.53 billion Kenyan Shillings towards the construction of separate lanes for high capacity buses. This was made in efforts to decongest the city’s central business district and to ease movement in and out of the town.
The increase in the budget to 24.33 billion shillings from 18.79 billion of the urban and metropolitan development kitty is attributed to the construction of (BRT) bus rapid transit system.
The BRT system was promised to Kenyans by the planning committee and was generally stalled due to a lack of funds. This system aims to improve Nairobi’s hectic public transport.
It comes as no shock to Kenyan contractors that the multibillion-shilling tender was secured by Stecol Corporation, a Chinese owned firm. Stecol, previously known as Sinohydro Tianjin Engineering Co. Ltd, clinched the contract last week much to the dismay of its competitors.
The much-awaited BRT system will compromise of close to 100 high capacity buses solely operating on dedicated lanes. The construction of these lanes is due to start next month. They will pass through the Thika Superhighway all the way through to the Nairobi central business district and Kenyatta National Hospital.
Reconstruction on the Thika superhighway will begin by allocating spaces for footbridges and boarding stations. This will result in the remodeling of certain parts of the road and demarcation of other sections. Stecol puts the entire construction to be completed in eight months.
Another winner in the commencement of the construction is South Africa. Kenya has ordered 32 high capacity busses worth 1.6 billion Kenyan shillings from the country. This leaves 32 buses to be provided by local assemblers.
Transport secretary James Macharia confirmed that they had ordered 32 buses from South Africa, but the details on financing would be provided later.
Nairobi residents are set to benefit from this venture and call it “long overdue.”