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Ministry seeks Sh4.9bn for Eldoret airport upgrade

The Eldoret International Airport. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA
The Eldoret International Airport. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA  

The Transport ministry is seeking an allocation of Sh4.9 billion to fund upgrade of Eldoret International Airport to accommodate large aircraft.

Out of the vote, Sh507 million will be used to buy land while Sh2.852 billion will go to construction of first 500 metres extension of runway under phase1, said Principal Secretary Irungu Nyakera.

The second phase requires Sh262.5 million for land and Sh1.2 billion for construction of another 600 metre of the runway.

“We ask therefore that the Treasury allocate Sh3.36 billion in the year 2017/18 budget and Sh1.49 billion in 2018/19 for phased land acquisition and facility development,” Mr Nyakera told the National Assembly Transport and Communications committee on Friday.