This morning several residents of Njiru area in Ruiru woke up to the sounds of bulldozers and excavators that had come to push them back from land that is now holding back a massive project in Kiambu County, Northlands City.
The 500 billion City has left no stone unturned to ensure that the construction progress starts on time and it appears the major infrastructural projects need to be completed before hand for the City to start taking shape.
Among this, is the sewage facility that is to be connected to the City. This is located in Njiru, and the subject of the evictions today and many in the past, some that were being done in the cover of darkness.
The City will occupy 11,576-parcel of land in Ruiru – about 15km from the Nairobi city centre. The land, which is traversed by the Eastern Bypass, is owned by the Kenyatta Family and is currently occupied by its dairy processor Brookside, and Gicheha Farm – the family’s livestock rearing business.
According to the Northlands City’s master plan, some 3,570 acres have been earmarked for housing – with 3,134 acres set aside for low density housing, 306 acres for high density housing, and 130 acres for medium density residential housing.
The low density housing segment will have 601 villas and 1,320 town houses while the medium density area is reserved for 670 townhouses and 368 housing units in blocks of flats.
A total of 6,980 units on blocs of flats and some 3,100 townhouses have been planned for the high density residential housing area.
The land in question has been earmarked for a sewage processing facility that would mainly handle the volumes from the City, though the facility was supposed to serve Nairobi City.
Political rumors intimate that the impeachments of both Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu ‘Baba Yao’ and Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi ‘Sonko’ all stemmed at some point to the approval process of projects and/facilities involved with the development of the City.
But for the normal hustler, the demolitions are now a part of the process.