The planned affordable housing project in Naivasha that was set to begin in February of this year has been delayed following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Residents of Nakuru County will now have to wait longer if they are to benefit from the 2,400 houses planned for the project which is yet to begin.
The Ksh. 2 billion project was announced in January this year after it received backing from Nakuru County Government, the World Bank and the UK.
Nakuru County Lands, Housing and Physical Planning Executive Frank Mwangi told the Nation that despite the delays, the project will be realized. The project was slowed down by the Covid-19 due to the measures set by the Ministry of Health to end spread of the disease.
“So far, we have in the pipeline more than 2,000 units aimed at addressing the housing shortage in Nakuru. What we want to assure residents is that our dream is valid and we want the housing units delivered as soon as possible. Construction work will begin and be accelerated to meet the housing demand in the region,” said Mwangi.
The project will be established on a 55-acre piece of land along the Nakuru-Nairobi highway.
Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui said his administration is banking on the project to deliver affordable housing units to workers earning between Ksh. 15,000 and Ksh. 150,000.
According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the housing deficit in Nakuru stood at 10,000 housing units as of 2016.