Details of Sh110 Million Tunnel to protect MPs

The construction of the private tunnel begins this week.

The tunnel only accessible to the legislators upon completion, is meant to keep constituents who normally wait for the leaders around parliament buildings at bay.

The MPS have on numerous occasions complained of being accosted by their constituents seeking personal and financial assistance.

According to The Nation, the tunnel which is expected to be completed by May next year, will link Parliament with County Hall and the MPs’ Sh5.8 billion office block across the road.

The tunnel construction will lead to disruption of traffic on the section of Harambee Avenue between Parliament and Continental House for the next six months.

Parliamentary Service Commission Secretary Jeremiah Nyegenye said the tunnel is meant to reduce traffic in the area when the 27-storey office block is built which will provide parking for 400 vehicles.

"Due to the security requirement of checking vehicles accessing the building, vehicles stopping on Harambee Avenue would result in serious congestion and it was therefore necessary to develop the access to the basement parking,”     Nyegenye stated.

Motorists going to the new building will drive into Parliament and then drive through the tunnel into the first basement level.

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