Officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure have announced the upgrade of four unplanned settlement zones of the City of Kigali during the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
The four zones are Mpazi in Gitega, parts of Kimisagara and Rwezamenyo sectors of Nyarugenge District, Gatenga in Gatenga Sector of Kicukiro District and Nyabisindu and Nyagatovu areas of Kimironko Sector in Gasabo District.
The roads are among the City of Kigali’s remaining unplanned settlements and the plan is to have them more habitable through connectivity. This includes pedestrian walkways, street lighting and appropriate drainage systems as is obtainable in Rwanda’s six secondary cities and parts of Kigali to enhance urbanisation.
Since 2016, several previously unplanned settlements in Kigali, including Agatare Cell of Nyarugenge Sector and Mumena Cell in Nyamirambo Sector have been upgraded, courtesy of the Rwanda Urban Development Project (RUDP) where the World Bank injected $95 million and the government of Rwanda, $5 million.
The overall project development objective is to provide access to basic infrastructure and enhance urban management in selected urban centres of the participating districts.
The second Rwanda Urban Development Project (RUDP II) project is set to be implemented between July 2021 and 2025.
Work to upgrade the area was estimated at 77 per cent completion with asphalt roads and street lights set on up to 6.6 kilometres in addition to some 2.5 kilometres of drainage systems, among other things. The four new sites road upgrade will cost $40.2 million.