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PS Kitungu Cites Water as Contributor to Delay In Sh190 Million Manda Airport Upgrade

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Water scarcity has been cited as a major contributor to the delay in completion of the Sh190 million renovation and expansion of the apron and taxiway at Manda Airport in Lamu County.

 The project commenced in March this year owing to years that the facility was losing major airlines because of its poor state.

The project was to be ready by August this year.

It is currently at 55 percent complete.

Speaking in Lamu on Thursday, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Urban Development, Solomon Kitungu said he has discussed with the contractor who promised to ensure the project is completed and handed over before the end of November this year.

Mr Kitungu said the Kenya Airways Authority (KAA) has however provided an alternative temporary taxiway where aircrafts have been landing and taking off even as the work is in progress.

He said the ministry was working with KAA in order to establish a water desalination plant within Manda Airport so that the perennial water problem can be solved once and for all.

The facility has on various occasions been faced with water shortage with casual labourers sometimes forced to wake up at dawn and head to Shella to fetch water directly from wells, fill hundreds of jerricans with water before heading back to the airport on boat.

“We have an assurance from the contractor that by the end of November this year, he will be handing over the apron and taxiway so that all the aircrafts requiring the two kilomtre runway can be able to land here at Manda Airport. The biggest challenge we have faced in the implementation of this project is water unavailability. The issue is being sorted out. In the meantime, my ministry is liaising with KAA to establish a water desalination plant here at Manda Airport. The facility requires high standards of cleanliness,” said Mr Kitungu.

The announcement by PS Kitungu that Manda Airport’s refurbishment will be completed by November is good news to the tourism stakeholders in Lamu who are looking forward to an improved tourism performance with the high season set to begin in December this year.

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