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RWANDA GEARS UP TO CONSTRUCT AFRICA’S FIRST GREEN CITY IN A $5BILLION PROJECT SET FOR JANUARY 2020.

 

Rwanda which is already celebrated as the having the third greenest city in the world, is forging ahead in protecting the environment by building the first green city in Africa which is set to cost a whopping $5 billion dollars. Rwanda, which has been very active in the domain of environmental protection banned all non-biodegradable plastics, has a monthly day of community service, and has dealt with the deafening noise pollution by ordering that all religious buildings and clubs are sound-proof.


The Project

The city is programmed for 620 hectares of land in the Kinyinya Sector, Gasabo Districtlocated on the outskirts of Kigali, with main objective to prevent environmental degradation and air pollution. It is going to be equipped with a system that has clean technologies, urban forests, biogas plants, electric bicycle and motorcycle lanes, renewable energy, sustainable waste treatment, among others.

To quote Eudes Kayumba, the Deputy Team Leader of the green city pilot project, “The estate will also have mini-factories with clean technologies, affordable housing, and integrated craft production centers. We are conducting a study to estimate the jobs that will be created based on how the residents of the area generate income,”


The estate will also have mini-factories with clean technologies, affordable housing, and integrated craft production centers. We are conducting a study to estimate the jobs that will be created based on how the residents of the area generate income,” continues Kayumba.

Presently, two projects are under development: phase 1-Known as the Cactus Green Park, a housing development with 410 houses on13 hectares, and phase 2- a housing development on 125 hectares. Subsequent phases will see the construction of commercial and office buildings. Relevant architectural studies and designs are programmed to be completed by December 2019, according to the government, construction proper will start in January 2010.

Funding

The funding for this unprecedented project will come from multiple stakeholders. First, the Rwanda Green Fund with financial support from the German Development cooperation through the KfW Development Bank is responsible for the feasibility study. Another European engineering and architecture firm known as SWECO will support the implementation of the project.

The perks of being a resident

Jobs available in this city is very important. In fact,"We are conducting a study to estimate the jobs that will be created based on how the residents of the area generate income,” Kayumba added. The city will not displace low-income earners but rather it will be built in a way that this strata of people will be empowered. A section of this city is actually earmarked for low-income earners.


As far as low-income earners are concerned, Mr. Kayumba went further to say, "There are aspects on social aspects, gender, and credit and loan schemes that will make it possible for low-income earners to access funding to buy affordable houses from the project. Some of them will pay for houses, others will get social houses because they cannot totally afford them on their own.”

The United Nations declared Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, as the most beautiful city in Africa Rwanda, and Rwanda as having the third greenest city in the world. We are proud to see this grand project finally commence come January 2020. All eyes are turned to the coming to reality of Wakanda! Great job Rwanda!

 

 


 

 

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