The Vision 2030 Delivery Board has confirmed that flagship Vision 2030 projects at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport are progressing on schedule.
Speaking during a projects progress assessment tour of the KAA Vision 2030 Flagship projects at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by the Vision Delivery Board of Directors, Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Managing Director Lucy Mbugua assured the board that the project works are moving on well.
Among other projects, the KAA Managing Director, Ms Mbugua explained, Kenya Airports Authority had already embarked on a rapid results programme to beef up security at all its facilities countrywide in the face of the prevailing terror threats.
During the tour, the VDB Directors led by Chairman Dr James Mwangi witnessed the on-going construction works for the new JKIA Terminal Unit 4, which is, scheduled for use on 7th July 2014.
“Once complete, the new Unit 4 will enhance the airport’s capacity to handle the growing volume of passengers who use the airport each year. It will handle both domestic and international flights and allow JKIA to handle 9 million passengers up from the current 6 six million passengers,” She said.
On the Greenfield Terminal status, Ms. Mbugua disclosed that the project contractor had already commenced detailed design and preliminary excavation works. The on-going excavation works at the rate of 10,000 cubic metres per day are; expected to, be completed by end of June to pave way for the building works, which will be undertaken in 36months.
On his part, Dr Mwangi commended KAA for maintaining its development pace for the national airports and airfields development projects. The new airport developments and upgrades, the VDB chairperson noted will help unlock the national economic development programmes in line with Vision 2030 ideals.
“As a key foundation, Vision 2030 aspires for a country firmly interconnected through a network of roads, railways, ports and airports,” he said. And added: “By 2030, it will become impossible to refer to any region of our country as “remote”. Furthermore, to ensure that the main projects under the economic pillar are implemented, investment in the nation’s infrastructure will be given the highest priority and necessary support.”
Besides JKIA, development and rehabilitation works are currently on going at other Airports in Mombasa, Kisumu, Malindi and Lamu.
The construction of a new runway at the Nyeri Airstrip is already complete as are other works at the Embu, lodwar and Kakamega Airstrips. At the Homabay Airstrip, Construction works for a new runway, taxiway& apron are currently ongoing.
Geared at transforming Kenya into a middle income, globally competitive and industrialised country with a high quality of life in the next 16 years, Vision 2030, is, anchored on three pillars. These include the Social, Economic and Political and an auxiliary pillar known as the Enablers and Macro Pillar, which covers projects, interventions and initiatives whose impact ultimately cuts across all the other three pillars.
Within the last five years, the Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, has successfully managed to co-ordinate the rollout of key flagship projects covering the economic, social and political pillars including the ground-breaking of the Standard gauge railway, Kenya Constitution 2010 and a raft of education and agricultural sector policy reforms geared at fostering national development.
Other major flagship projects recently rolled out include; establishment of the Lamu Port Southern-Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Development Authority to manage the implementation of the LAPSSET project on behalf of the government of Kenya.
To ensure the timely implementation of all flagship projects, the VDS has also managed to embed Vision 2030 projects into the Government performance contracting platform through the inclusion of performance indicators. This inclusion is, geared at ensuring that all state institutions focus on the national development agenda Vision 2030.