Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson K. Mandago, EGH accompanied by Chief Officer for Youth and sports, visited Alt – Erlaa a low cost municipality housing estates in Vienna, Austria.
This is in a bid to benchmark on sustainable and affordable models which can easily solve housing challenges in Eldoret. Alt- Erlaa is one of the largest housing estates in Europe which was constructed between 1973 and 1985 for low income residents.
Alt-Erlaa housing project is comprised of seven terraced mega towers twenty seven floors each. It has 3,172 apartments; 3,400 underground parking spaces and houses over 10,000 residents. The apartments have private balconies up to the 12th floor each of which have gardens planted with ornamental trees, vegetables and fruits.
In his tour, The Governor noted that the housing project has complete infrastructure including and public amenities, it has 2 clinics, 3 schools, 2 day-care centres, athletics facility, a church, Administration block, swimming pools on 27th floor and a large shopping mall.
Within the residential complex are well-kept lawns and very clean paved walkways. In fact, the estate has it’s own railway station that connects to the city. The residents call this estate a city within the city.
By the end of the tour, the County Boss was so impressed, Uasin Gishu County have set aside government Land in west which will be developed on a similar model as Alt-Erlaa estate.
OTHER IMPORTANT FACTS
– Vienna is a global leader in affordable housing.
– Vienna city government owns and manages over 220,000 housing units ( 25% of city’s housing stock)
– 62% of Vienna’s population live in Government subsidized housing
– Housing in Vienna, even private housing, is regulated by Government
– Housing in Vienna is based on 4 pillar system: social sustainability, planning, ecology and cost.
- My resolve to serve Uasin Gishu people as strong as ever — Mandago.
- Government to build Sh60 billion elevated highway in Eldoret town.
- Don’t be misled on land rates, Mandago warns landowners.