Nakuru County is set to receive Sh429.7 million for the Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP) as Nakuru toWn awaits its city status charter. The urban development grant will be shared between two municipaities: Nakuru will get Sh293.4 million while Naivasha town will get Sh136.3 million.
To improve access to basic services, the World Bank, under the Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Project (KISIP) second phase, has also granted Nakuru County Sh300 million.Governor Lee Kinyanjui said his administration, together with development partners, have kicked off plans to upgrade Nakuru and Naivasha's informal settlements.
"We laud the World Bank for the programme which will have a major transformative impact on informal settlements. The initiative, besides slum upgrading, will also target improvement of drainage infrastructure, waste management, improvement of roads in the slums and installation of lights,"'said the county boss.
Informal settlements targeted include Kaptembwo,which is the biggest in Nakuru town, with a population of more than 100,000 residents. Others are Kivumbini, Lake View,Kwa Rhonda, Flamingo, Kaloleni and Bondeni.
The county government has kicked off an ambitious bid to redesign Nakuru town, in a master plan that seeks to give it a facelift and decongest it.
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