Several injured as Flyover under construction collapses in Kangemi

Several injured as Flyover under construction collapses in Kangemi

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,21ST JUNE,2021-Four people have been rescued after the Kangemi Flyover that is under construction on Waiyaki Way partly collapsed on Monday evening.

The four have been rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital as rescue operations continue.

The three were badly injured and were taken to the Eagles Hospital before being referred to KNH.

Among the victims are the constructors who were on the site and the people who were trading near the flyover.

The collapsed section was part of the Ksh16 billion Waiyaki Way expansion project awarded to China Wu Yi firm.

The project involves the expansion of the 25km James Gichuru-Rironi Road stretch along Waiyaki Way into a superhighway. The project, which began in 2017, was slated to be completed in December 2020.

It wil be remembered that in April 2021, during an inspection of the project, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia issued an ultimatum to engineers after noting huge delays.

The CS said that the delays were becoming more frequent, and gave an ultimatum for the road to be completed by the end of July 2021.

The flyover under construction was a replacement for the initial flyover that had become too small for the growing traffic needs on the busy highway.

The company, in their defense, had argued that the delay caused by unavoidable circumstances.

Engineer Sanjay Kumar added that construction works on the road is 85 percent complete and affirmed that the 3-kilometer stretch would be finished in due time.

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