22-02-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo
Good, indeed very good news for the road network and tourism in Malindi and Watamu.
After months of silence and stops to work, Kenya Urban Rural Authority (KURA) will resume the construction and asphalting of the coastal road that will connect Malindi and Watamu.
In a meeting last Thursday in Watamu with KURA officials arrived from Nairobi, in the presence of contractors and representatives of local institutions in the area and the company that is contracting the work, Sinai Construction Ltd, KURA Project Leader Abdulhakim Makarani from Mombasa Abdulhakim Makarani explained the feasibility and environmental impact studies and guaranteed that the work will start very soon, but this time from Watamu. According to the KURA, by next July 30th the entire stretch from Mawe Lodge to Jacaranda Resort (6 km) will be paved and ready for asphalting, as well as the first kilometre from Mawe will be paved. As can be seen from the presentation, the asphalted road will also include drainage ditches and pedestrian walkways. Anyone who has built walls or structures outside their own plot, on the road and without respecting the so-called "road reserve" will be liable to demolition, without any compensation. At the beginning of next month the report will be submitted to NEMA for final approval, but there should be no problems whatsoever. After completing the feasibility and impact studies, questionnaires have already been distributed to the residents of the areas involved and meetings have been organised. The general opinion of the community is positive.
Next May, the new budget for the continuation of the work after July 30 will be established and it will be understood what the timing and modalities of the entire work will be for the road to Casuarina which currently arrives at the Leopard Point. "This is a decisive step forward - comments the General Manager of Jacaranda Resort and Jumbo, Daniele Tiritò - First of all it seems to be
after the impasse of a mile a year. Secondly, it means connecting the nearest centres to each other. Only 6 km separate the Jacaranda area from Watamu and therefore starting from the latter definitely makes sense. Nowadays, among the hotels, beach clubs, private houses, restaurants and bed and breakfast Jacaranda has become a real pole, which is not only touristic because the services connected to the hotels have seen a multiplication of local communities in our area.
proximity. Needless to say, we expect a strengthening of the success of our Jacaranda Beach.
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