By: DUSABEMUNGU Ange de la Victoire
On Saturday, 30th November 2019, officials from Rwanda Green Fund, Ministry of Infrastructure, Gasabo District and Development partners held a community work in the identified area to be the home of Kigali Green City, the first of its kind in Rwanda.
After the community work, officials briefed residents in the area and provided the following detailed information and timeline for the completion of the first phase of the Green City.
The first phase of Kigali Green City will occupy 18 hectares of the plot formerly owned by Rwanda Social Security Board. In total, the whole project of Kigali Green City will occupy 600 hectares on Kinyinya Hill.
To date $ 2.5 million have been used for feasibility study which has already been completed. The feasibility study was financed by the German state-owned development bank, known as KfW.
The same bank has agreed to provide $ 10 million for the beginning of the construction work which will follow after the detailed design completion.
The detailed design of the area is expected to be completed by April 2020. During this time the total cost of the project will be identified including housing categories to be constructed.
After April 2020, the construction work will kick off.
By 2023 the first phase (18 hectares) will be completed with the inclusion of all features of the proposed Green City.
10% of the houses in Kigali Green City will be distributed free of charge to families ranked in category 1 and 2 of Ubudehe. (Category 1: Families who do not own a house and can hardly afford basic needs. Category 2: Those who have a dwelling of their own or are able to rent one but rarely get full time jobs.)
The families will be identified in close collaboration with local authorities.
10% of the housing also are meant for rich people while 80% of the housing is meant for whoever who want to live in that city and is able to pay for the house on his/her own.
The total project (all phases) will benefit 150,000 people. 16,000 jobs will be created and mostly given to local communities and the total 30,000 houses will be constructed in that Green city.
Officials from Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) on Saturday, 30 November 2019 told residents of Kinyinya hill, that the project is here to solve the issue of climate change and once it is successful; its best practices will be replicated in other parts of the country.
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