Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project

According to the World Bank’s Implementation Status and Results Report, approved for Public Disclosure, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project (P107314) has been progressing. "Overall project implementation has improved in the past three years, thereby making progress towards achieving the project's development objectives."

Completed works (majority of roads and pedestrian walkways, storm water drainage works, street lighting, fire stations, bus parks, parking bays, sewerage works, and majority of the commuter stations) have provided significant benefits with positive social impact and beneficiary satisfaction.

The direct project beneficiaries have significantly increased, exceeding the original target of 2.2 million, as major infrastructure works are completed and handed over for operation. The project-supported strategic metropolitan planning integrating land use, transport, environment, economic activities, social services, and municipal finance is yielding sound planning documents and revenue enhancement tools to support sustainable growth in the Nairobi Metropolitan Region.

The recent adverse impacts of the COVID-19, have however led to disruptions. Following the request by the Government of Kenya, the project's closing date has been extended by six months to September 2020, in order to ensure successful completion of the project.

The development objective of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project for Kenya is to strengthen urban services and infrastructure in the Nairobi metropolitan region. There are a number of components to the project.

The first component is institutional reform and planning. This component will assist existing local authorities within the Nairobi metropolitan region, as well as new entities and authorities that will be created once the devolved government aspect of the new constitution takes effect. These new entities possibly include county governments, metropolitan authorities, and agencies, and other units of administration. This component will support the capacity enhancement and planning activities of these entities.

The second component is local government infrastructure and services. This component will finance on a grant basis priority urban infrastructure in 13 selected urban areas in the Nairobi metropolitan region. The infrastructure to be financed will be the responsibility of the current local authorities and under the mandate of the future county governments. All sub-projects will be selected on the basis of the existing participatory process for prioritising local investments, called the Local Authority Service Development Action Plan, which provide the basis for local authority strategic plans. These are in line with Nairobi Metro 2030 Strategy.

The third component is metropolitan infrastructure and services. This component will assist in providing large-scale metropolitan infrastructure in the areas of solid waste, transport, and sewerage services. In contrast to those financed under second component, these investments will be large-scale which is crucial for the development and integration of the metropolitan region as a whole.

Interestingly the document notes the following regarding access to commuter rail:

The Nairobi commuter rail services network carries an average of 11,000 commuters daily on three lines radiating from Nairobi Central station to Ruiru via Dandora, Githurai and Kahawa, to Syokimau via Makadara and Imara Daima, and via Pipeline to Embakasi Village. The three lines have a twice-a-day service in the morning and evening peak hours. It is estimated that the total catchment population in the 10 urban centers, where the 10 commuter station have been constructed is 1.4 million people, with greater regional impact expected.

Substantial completion and handover to KRC of commuter railway stations in some of the densest neighbourhoods in the metropolitan region including Pipeline, Githurai, Kahawa, Ruiru and Athi River has seen an increase in number of direct beneficiaries

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