Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu on Tuesday launched Sh1 billion infrastructure projects in the county.

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Speaking at Landless Estate in Thika, where he launched a stormwater drainage system project worth Sh50 million, Governor Waititu noted that it was important to first construct drainage systems before upgrading roads in the area.

''It was prudent to first construct a drainage system before constructing roads as it will be counterproductive since the roads will be impassable and damaged by rains," he said.

The county boss revealed that the county government had received a total of Sh1.8 billion from the World Bank for the fiscal year in line with the plan to upgrade towns in the county to city standards.

Some of the projects to be undertaken include construction of bitumen roads, expansion of sewerage systems, street lighting and beautification of the towns.

Six municipalities in Kiambu among them Thika and Ruiru are set to benefit from the development projects.

"We want to transform the infrastructure of these towns to enable them to grow to 24-hour economies," said Waititu.

Other projects set to take place in the first phase include Sh79 million upgrade of the 2.1Km Mugo Kibiru road in Section Nine to bitumen standards and the Sh42 million solar street lighting and high mast lighting project to improve security in Thika town, Makongeni, Ngoliba, Witeithie, Kalimoni and Gatuanyaga.

Ruiru municipality was also allocated Sh73 million for the upgrade of the Kihunguro-Full Gospel road to bitumen standards.

The final phase of the project that will cost close to Sh100million will include the beautification of Thika town and improvement of drainage systems in Kiganjo and Landless estate.

The projects are all under the '11 projects in three days' programme which was launched by Waititu on Tuesday.