The Mombasa Gate City Master Plan was launched on Wednesday during a ceremony attended by delegates from the World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA.
The launch follows a report which placed Mombasa on top of the list of cities with largest informal structures in Kenya.
Mombasa was rated first with 65% of the city occupied with informal structures, followed by Nairobi which trails it by 62%.
Mombasa Deputy Governor Ms. Hazel Katana who presided over the launch said the proposed Gate City Master Plan is the best strategy to address some of the urban challenges that have remained unresolved in the city for years.
She said the plan will address traffic congestion, flooding due to poor drainage, insecurity, poor solid waste management and poor urban environment that has increasingly an eyesore to both residents and visitors.
“This master plan will be delivered by December 2016 with priority programs and projects for implementations in short term, medium, long term periods after presenting it to stakeholders for their final comments before approval and adoption by the county assembly”. She said.
The deputy governor unveiled also the plan’s website www.gatecitymp.mombasa.go.ke
Mombasa County Housing and Lands Executive committee Mr. Francis Thoya applauding the plan saying that inadequate housing and high population of people who moved to Mombasa for greener pastures have accelerated mushrooming of slums in the Kenyan second city.
Thoya observed that some of the slums are situated near big hotels and central business Districts, “we have many slums such as Tudor Kaa Chonjo and another near the Coast General Hospital
Mr Thoya confirmed that the last time Mombasa city was planned was in 1971 by the Government.
“We are having dysfunctional city because where we went wrong is the time were given good 1972 plan and the people who were supposed to Implement the plan went to sleep. The national government implemented the two critical components that they felt that is important to drive the economy of this county” added Thoya.
The Project will be implemented through funding from World Bank and the government of Japan.