The Government is tarmacking several roads within Gatanga Sub County in Murang’a at a cost of Ksh 6.5 billion.
The construction of six roads in the constituency is at an advanced stage and they are earmarked to be completed by end of 2022.
Tarmacking of Ithanga Gati-iguru Makuyu road at a cost of Ksh 2.5 billion has been completed opening up lower parts of Gatanga that are predominantly semi-arid.
Implementation of Kirwara – Gaitegi – Kigio- Jogoo road and Ndiara – Kahunyo – Wanduhi road is going on.
The government had allocated a total of Ksh 2 billion to tarmac the two roads which are at upper parts of the sub county with construction works set to be complete by mid next year.
Gatanga MP Joseph Nduati hailed the improvement of road network in the region saying they will boost economic activities.
Nduati said the 9-kilometre Gituamba – Githioro road being constructed at a tune of Ksh 600 million, was promised by President Uhuru Kenyatta during burial of former local musician John De Mathew.
The government is constructing a Ksh 3 billion road which connects eastern and western parts of Aberdare forests.
The Gatakaini – Njabiini road which is part of Mau Mau road will facilitate movement of goods and people between Mount Kenya and rift valley regions.
“The road will facilitate the marketing of farm produce within the two regions and drastically reduce the distance from Murang’a to the Naivasha-Nakuru highway,” Nduati said.
He encouraged farmers to take advantage of the good road network and invest in commercial farming saying the roads will facilitate easy transportation of farm produce to markets.
The MP also asked locals to invest in real-estates especially in areas bordering Thika towns observing that due to population increase in Thika people will opt to live in neighbouring areas.
“Our people can take advantage of the proximity to Thika and build hotels and residential homes. This will enable them to reap from infrastructural developments in the area. We want Gatanga to become like Limuru or Kikuyu towns in Kiambu County,” he said.
Meanwhile the MP said a section of Gatanga residents will get water connection from Ndaka-ini dam that supplies water to Nairobi County.
He said the water will be processed at the Kigoro treatment plant and distributed to Ndunyu Chege, Gitiri, Njai-ini, Mukurwe, Nyaga and Kiunyu areas at a cost of Ksh 300 million.