Phase one of the Nairobi Northern Collector Tunnel will be complete by April this year, Government officials have said.
The National Development Implementation Communication Cabinet Committee led by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed lauded the efforts put in place in the ongoing construction of the Nairobi Northern Collector Tunnel Phase One.
The committee was impressed by how government resources have been mobilized to ensure the project is complete in due course.
Project entails 11.8km raw water transfer tunnel to divert flood flows from Maragua, Gikigie and Irati rivers into Thika dam (Ndakaini), treatment of water at Kigoro water treatment plant and transmission to Kabete water reservoirs via Gigiri to supply Nairobi and its environs.
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Once complete, the Nairobi Northern Collector Tunnel will supply 140 million litres per day to 1.2 million residents of Nairobi and its environs. Nairobi’s water demand is 810 million litres per day against supply of 550 million litres per day.
Currently, the project, which is being implemented by Athi Water Works Development Agency, is 91% complete.
The Ksh 19 billion project commenced on 24th February 2015 and is scheduled for completion on 30th April, 2021.
Others present include CS Joseph Mucheru, CS Simon Chelugui, CS Sicily Kariuki, EGH, Muranga County Commissioner Mohamed Bare, MP. Kigumo Ruth Mwaniki,and Athi Water Works development Agency CES Eng. Micheal Thuita among others.
The committee also toured Kigoro Water Treatment Plant (KTWP) and Raw and Treated Water Transmission Pipelines in Muranga County.
The Kigoro Water Treatment Plant is already complete and awaiting commissioning.
The project involves construction of a high level ultra-modern water treatment plant to treat 140 million litres of water per day from Thika Dam through the NCT1 Tunnel, for delivery to Nairobi.