Kenyan taxpayers will foot a Sh80 million bill to move a primary school that sits on an area earmarked for the expansion of an Isiolo Airport runway to international standards.
Transport Secretary James Macharia yesterday told Parliament the project required acquisition of land belonging to K.K Nkengechia Primary school in Meru County.
Preliminary estimates by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) put the total cost of moving the school at Sh74.65 million. Such facilities as classrooms, administration block, library, kitchen and stores, furniture, fence, gate and water storage tanks are set to come down for the runway.
“Since the estimates were done before June 2015, the KAA has allowed for inflation and therefore requested for Sh 80 million from the government in the 2016/17 financial year,” Mr Macharia told Parliament’s Transport Committee.
The KAA embarked on expansion of Isiolo Airport through extension of its runway and construction of an apron in Phase 1 of the project which was completed and commissioned in February 2013.
Phases 2 and 3 are ongoing with full completion and commissioning of the works expected by the end of the year.
The two phases include building of a passenger terminal, associated offices and pavements (apron and access road).