Meru wins Sh. 40m Swedish government Symbiocity development fund
Post by Dorine.
The county government of Meru won a Sh. 40 million bid by the Swedish government to plan and develop a Symbiocity that will sustain the growing population in its urban areas.
According to Lands ICT & Planning Chief Officer Martin Gikunda Meru contested the bid with the 46 other counties in the country and emerged the winner.
The funds will be used to build roads, drainage and sewerage systems and installation of streetlights to accommodate the growing urban population.
"The challenge was to plan a model city involving the people of Meru County. The application to win the prize was through the Council of Governors where the 47 counties proposed modern city plans that would sustain the fast growing population growth in Kenya", said Gikunda.
He said Meru County won due to the involvement of the residents who identified the Leakey and Katheri township markets in Buuri Sub County.
He added that the county government will reap more by generating revenue besides improving the economy base by the creation of more job opportunities.
The Symbiocity model is Swedish Government development initiative that promotes national exports on behalf of Sweden government and is aimed at helping blend African countries to plan and manage their cities.
County planners have already embarked on training and working with the developers to commence the project.