At least 1,050 police officers now have new houses that were constructed using cheap technology.
The houses handed over to the National Police Service Wednesday are part of a Sh20 billion project aimed at providing decent housing for the security officers.
The use of relatively cheaper expanded polystyrene panels, interlocking stabilised soil blocks, interlocking concrete blocks, concrete waffles for suspended floor slabs and fibre cement roofing tiles helped to reduce the building costs by more than 30 per cent.
Housing principal secretary Aidah Munano said the entire project was initially projected to cost Sh32 billion, but the technology had reduced the budget by about Sh12 billion.
“Today, we commission phase 1A of the countrywide programme launched last year with a target of providing 100,000 houses for disciplined forces out which 69,000 are earmarked for the National Police and 16,000 for the Kenya Prison services,” she said.
Phase one of the housing project commenced in March last year. Procurement for an additional 744 units built in 11 counties is complete and construction is set to start in January.
The 1,050 units commissioned yesterday include 200 housing units at Kamiti Maximum Prison, 100 houses at Migosi Police Station in Kisumu and 100 units at Kamulu Police Station in Machakos.