State bans probase tech­nol­ogy in build­ing Embu-Kibugu road

Speaker Jus­tus Mate tells as­sem­bly that In­fra­struc­ture PS John Mosonik stopped con­struc­tion of the 12.8km stretch be­cause the method is not ap­proved

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - REUBEN GITHINJI @TheS­tarKenya

The Min­istry of Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture has banned the use of the Malaysian probase soil sta­bil­i­sa­tion tech­nol­ogy in con­struc­tion of low­cost roads in Embu county.

Speaker Jus­tus Mate told the county as­sem­bly on Tues­day that In­fra­struc­ture PS John Mosonik stopped the con­struc­tion of the 12.8Km Embu-Kibugu road.

It is be­ing built by the county gov­ern­ment us­ing the probase tech­nol­ogy.

Mate said Mosonik di­rected, through a let­ter, that the road should be tar­mar­cked us­ing use the ap­proved bi­tu­men tech­nol­ogy.

The road, which was ini­tially pro­jected to cost Sh380 mil­lion, got an ad­di­tional Sh100 mil­lion in the 20162017 bud­get after the Malaysian con­trac­tor re­quested ad­di­tional funds. This was to im­prove the drainage sys­tem and ex­pand the Rupingazi Bridge at Ndunda area.

In the let­ter, Mosonik said the gov­ern­ment has not ap­proved the Malaysian tech­nol­ogy.

He said the 5.8km stretch al­ready built us­ing the tech­nol­ogy will be mon­i­tored by gov­ern­ment en­gi­neers for re­search and tech­ni­cal eval­u­a­tion pur­poses.

Mosonik also di­rected that the tar­ma­ck­ing of the sta­bilised sec­tion us­ing probase tech­nol­ogy that has not been sealed be tem­po­rar­ily stopped un­til tests for qual­ity as­sur­ance are con­cluded.

He clar­i­fied that the con­struc­tion of the road can con­tinue but only with the ap­proved bi­tu­men tech­nol­ogy.

Mate said the ex­ec­u­tive should not use the de­vel­op­ment as an ex­cuse for not com­plet­ing the road, since the nec­es­sary bud­getary pro­vi­sions are al­ready in place

Probase tech­nol­ogy is said to be 70 per cent cheaper than con­ven­tional bi­tu­men. It was first used in Meru as a pi­lot project with in­ten­tion to spread it to other coun­ties.

/ REUBEN GITHINJI

Embu Gover­nor Martin Wamb­ora in­spects the Embu-Kibugu road on April 14

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