A Sh810 million urban development infrastructural project has been launched in Ol Kalou town.
The project is part of the programme targeting several other urban towns in the county and incorporates a wholesale market, 134 market stalls, 68 candy shops and 120 solar street lights.
The project, being undertaken with the World Bank under the Kenya Urban Support Programme, will cost over Sh135 million each year for six years running.
It includes the construction of a 500-meter long storm water drainage tunnel and hundreds of designated parking spaces and walkways covering about eight kilometers within Ol Kalou town and surrounding areas.
“These transformative projects will forever change the face of this town, which is now a municipality, and every effort will be put in place to make this municipality business-friendly and conducive for wealth creation and employment creation,” said Governor Francis Kimemia.
He spoke during the inauguration of a new municipal board to manage the town which is the Nyandarua county headquarters.
The development came after the town received a charter to upgrade it to a municipal status.
He assured residents that all their views will be considered and priority given to residents in the ongoing development projects.
The municipal board include chairman Elijah Mwangi Nyaga, vice-chair Priscila Mwirigi and members Josephat Murage, Dr Tom Kahigu, Johna Gicheru, Hellen Njeri and Daniel Mbogo Ndiritu, the board secretary.