The Greater Eastern Bypass

Those three words mean different things to different people. To some they are just three words put together to label a road. To others it’s another massive road meant to ease traffic in Nairobi and it environs. To the tenderpreneurs, its time to prepare tender documents and supply material. To others, it means nothing all. But the big question is –  What does the Greater Eastern Bypass mean to you?

To be able to answer this question effectively, you have to know the answer its predecessor: What did the Eastern Bypass mean? Back in 2010 when the local newspapers first announced  plans to construct a 39km road from the  Ruiru- Kiambu road crossing Thika road, then kangundo road and proceeding to Mombasa Road via the Embakasi Garrison, this did not make news at all. That’s why the newspaper editors, knowing most kenyans, decided to place this crucial information in the middle pages, somewhere between the classified, the obituaries and the sports. If they had decided this to be the headlines, not a single copy would have  sold that day.

This only became major news afew years later when the construction of the bypass occasioned a major property boom in a number of city suburbs. Around 2010, property agents were selling 50*100 plots in Membley for a mere 500,000, with room to bargain. But after the bypass  construction began the plots shot to about 6M.
“Everybody rushed to buy plots in these areas because the road opened up the areas. When the demand is high, the price goes up,” said.Mr Mwaniki, a land agent, while being interviewed by the daily nation. “Right now, it is not easy to get a plot near the bypass because they have sold out,”

Afew people, who had read the news between the sports page and the obituaries (pan) two years earlier, had become instant millionaires. Fast- forward 9 years later to 2019, the investments this clique of investors have made on property they acquired for a song, will sustain their generations for years to come.
To many Kenyans, history repeats itself is a common-knowledge phrase cited in many casual discussions around the country. This phrase actually means that there is a strong likelihood that we (even those familiar with the phrase) will do, say or even think along the same lines as previously did, said or thought thus creating a similar if not the same outcome to a scenario. This has never been more true for investors.

That is why when the business daily announced plans to construct the Greater Eastern Bypass link road, it did not make news at all. But to the investors than know what a bypass does to the economy in general and the owners of property in particular then this was like music to their ears.  As it turns out, such news is discussed in hushed tones, least you announce to the rest of the population.

The Greater Eastern Bypass, which  links Mombasa-Nairobi highway, the Kangundo-Nairobi and the Thika-Garissa roads is  the latest in a series of projects, either in various stages of tendering, about to start or underway meant to decongest Nairobi city.

According to the KURA website, the Greater Eastern Bypass link road is 13.6% complete, this has been independently verified by Rosam Real Estates. 

Rosam Real Estates, a real estate company with several projects along kangundo road, have just launched  Waridi Gardens phase 3, a gated community project located at Joska along the Proposed Greater Eastern Bypass. About 200 Kenyans now have an opportunity to invest in a location that will change their lives and that of their loved ones.

“We have floated a tender for the construction of a  link road from Eastern Bypass to the Greater Eastern Bypass road. The tender will be opened next month, awarded in April and we expect the contractor to move on site come May,’ said Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) Acting director-general Silas Kinoti, while reporting to the daily nation.

Again, what does the Greater Eastern Bypass mean to you?
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