By Kepher Otieno
The plans come as Kisumu Municipal Authorities, too, began massive demolition of makeshift structures erected on road reserves and around buildings.
KRC officer in charge of estates, Mr Justin Omoke, disclosed that they were planning to rehabilitate 40 of its over 300 dilapidated houses in Nyalenda and other estates.
“Last year, we rehabilitated 75 houses and we are to continue with the upgrading project once we receive funds,’’ he said in a telephone interview yesterday.
The development is part of KRC’s restructuring plan aimed at bolstering its revenue as it strives towards greater heights of profitability.
“With the refurbishments, the monthly charges have almost tripled. A house which attracted a monthly rent of Sh3,000 now fetches Sh10,000,’’ he said.
Over the years, urban centres have witnessed rising populations due to movement of people from rural areas in search of jobs and business opportunities.
Kisumu Mayor Sam Okello disclosed that the town had worked on a master plan to tap its underutilised resources under Kisumu urban upgrading project.
Okello disclosed that Kisumu had received Sh4 billion from the French Development Agency, which will be spent in redesigning the town to match the current developments.
“This is why we have resolved to pull down all illegal structures,’’ the mayor said.
He spoke as the council askaris led by Town Eng Adrian Ouma continued with demolitions of makeshift structures. Ouma said the traders had been issued with eviction notices, which had expired a fortnight ago.
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