Gikondo industrial park relocation to cost Rwf33bn
Government will incur Rwf 33 billion in a project that will see factories and other businesses operating in Gikondo industrial park relocated, the Minister of Trade and Industry, François Kanimba, said on Saturday.
He made the remarks at the launch of construction works that will house nine small factories at the Kigali Special Economic Zone (KSEZ) in Gasabo District.
The relocation comes after studies conducted in the area indicated that pollution from these industries and settlements affect Gikondo wetland indicating that the water is not suitable for human or animal use.
“The cost will include expropriating those with houses in regards to the expropriation law and construction of new structures for those particular industries meant to shift to KSEZ,” Kanimba said.
However, the minister was quick to add that owners of the industries will have to cover costs for shifting their industries.
Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG)-Rwanda is the company constructing the first phase that is expected to be completed in three years, at a tune of USD 12 million.
The financial year 2012-2013 will also account for construction works to house five large factories while the second phase funds will be allocated in the 2013-2014 financial year.
This will cover units for warehouses and garages.
Speaking to some industry owners, they said the development gives them hope after a long wait.
“We have been waiting for this day and finally this shows that our activities will come to this place as promised,” said Daniel N Munyarugerero.
He, however, pointed out that the plots being given to them were not as big as those they currently own at Gikondo.
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