The Government has unveiled 462 housing units in Syokimau as part of a long-term plan to eradicate expansion of informal settlements in urban areas while at the same time providing affordable shelter for low-income earners. Principal Secretary in the State department of Housing and Urban Development, Arch Aidha Munano, said the sh1.1 billion project includes social facilities such as chapels, shopping centres, a school, multipurpose hall, police station as well as playground.
Munano, who inspected the site at the weekend, said the project comprised both high-end and low-cost units ranging between one-bedroom to four-bedroom houses. This is one of the flagship projects expected to service the upcoming Sh800 billion Konza Techno City.
"This sustainable neighbourhood programme is aimed at setting standards on how low-end settlement can be developed through an integrated system that sets out provision for essential social amenities for modern living," she said. She said it is also expected to address traffic congestion arising from the need to travel outside of the facility. "That is why it includes schools and shopping centres to stop regular travel to and fro," she noted.