Motorists and traders in Thika town, Kiambu County are up in arms over stalled construction of a major road that has been causing serious traffic snarl-ups affecting operations.
The section at the Kenyatta Road roundabout joining the busy town has been impassable as a result of a blocked drain and a burst water pipe about 2 months ago.
Efforts by the Thika Water and Sewage Company (Thiwasco) to repair the pipe by digging a trench across the road proved futile, leaving the destroyed section in a deplorable condition which has forced motorists to use the wrong side to access the town.
This, according to motorists and business people in the town has caused them agony as they have to stay on the road for hours thereby incurring losses in fuel consumption and wasting valuable time.
The motorists accused the contractor tasked to repair the section of laxity saying that nothing has been happening since he got the contract.
Led by Thika town ward MCA Andrew Kimani, the irked residents urged the government to intervene and compel the contractor to hasten the construction process for a seamless traffic flow.
At the same time, residents decried an acute water scarcity within the town, a challenge they blamed on poor management of the resources by its providers.
"We demanding immediate action from the water providers, as residents are risking contracting diseases brought about by dirt due to poor water provision," said Kimani.
The MCA gave the water company a week to complete the repair of the road section failure to which he would mobilize residents to protest.