The Board of Directors, Managing director and the staff of TARDA visited the proposed Construction site of the biggest dam in Kenya set to kick off at Kibuka falls on River Tana.
The proposed 165 square kilometer High Grand Falls Dam, that will cost Sh150 billion, is expected to hold over 5.6 billion cubic meters of water that will be used to irrigate over 250,000 hectares of land and produce over 700MW of electricity.
Speaking on Saturday 11th March, 2017 during the visit the Managing Director Mr. Steven Ruimuku said work would start soon. He said that the The dam will also help to control flooding in the Tana Delta region that displaces thousands of people every year, create employment, impact on food production through irrigation and add to the national power grid.
On completion in six years, the High Grand Falls will be the second biggest dam in Africa after the 5,250 square kilometer Aswan High Dam in Egypt along the River Nile. The project was approved by the Kibaki Government in 2009 as part of an ambitious endeavor to build 1,000 water reservoirs across the country for irrigation based agriculture.
“This project is going to improve the living standards of the locals especially in food security and supply of electricity,” he said.
The managing Director confirmed that the meeting between TARDA and the leaders, Senator Prof Kindiki Kithure (Tharaka nithi) and Embu’s Governor Martin Nyaga Wambora, agreed that the locals who will be displaced by the construction will be settled in their own areas.
TARDA has therefore come up with a program in which the affected from Tharaka nithi will be settled in their area and those from Embu settled in their area.
“We will have public awareness soon and the local people in their respective areas will decide if they would prefer to be resettled in their own areas or elsewhere”
The Visit Photo Gallery
The public sensitization is to ensure that people are aware of the importance of the project to them and the entire country and TARDA officials will make sure that the locals are informed on the progress of the project.
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(Sources: TARDA management, DN, EJ Atlas, ISL)