Nakuru is gearing towards getting a city status recognition as they commenced the construction of Lanet Airport.
The groundbreaking ceremony was done on Tuesday and attending by top government officials who aim and seeing it to the end.
Lanet Airport is expected to cost the tax payer Ksh 2 billion and will serve not only the people of Nakuru but open up the economy of the entire country.
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Present at the ceremony was Kenya Airforce Deputy Commander Brigadier John Omanda who assured the residents that they will work towards making it a success.
Various players in the industry have been urged to join in its implementation as the government injects an initial Ksh 400 million.
According to Transport Solomon Kitungu, the first phase of the construction will entail expansion of the military airstrip to accommodate a place for civilians.
Kitungu continued by revealing that the first phase will take 18 months paving way for passenger flights to commerce operations.
In the second phase, the runway will further be expanded from 1.7km to 3.1km to allow large planes to land and ease congestion at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport (JKIA).
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui praised the project saying it will open up the horticulture and tourism market in the county.
He continued by saying how the dual carriageway under the plans of the National Government will link up with the airport to boost the economy in the county.