Work on the six-storey Gikomba market building is set for completion this month, giving traders a new lease of life.
Construction of the 324 stalls which cost the county government Ksh. 493 million is expected to be completed by October 30, 2020, after which the stalls will be allocated to traders at the market.
Nairobi County Commissioner Flora Mworoa asked the market’s committee to allocate the stalls only to people who have been trading in the market and cautioned it against onboarding outsider and relatives.
Njuca Consolidated, the project’s contractor, is set to complete pending works which include toilets, power connections, sewer lines and the powerhouse for the generator.
Construction of the market was initiated as a solution to the frequent fire outbreaks in the busy market, in order to provide traders with a conducive business environment.
The government also plans to drill a borehole at the market, build a perimeter wall around the market and install CCTV cameras for security purposes.
The market’s first floor will be occupied by fish traders while the second floor will be allocated to 81 traders who were operating in the market area.
The third floor will go to sub-tenants, while the fourth floor will be occupied by hawkers and mobile money transfer service operators. The fifth and sixth floors will be allocated to hawkers who will also benefit in the planned phase II of the market.
Engineer Benjamin Njenga from the State Department of Housing and Urban Development said that the second phase of Gikomba market will be twice the size of the first phase.