Construction of the second phase of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project from Mombasa to Malaba is set to commence soon following the launch of Phase 2A of the project by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta in Embulbul area of Ngong’ Township, Kajiado County.
Phase 2A spans 120 kilometres and stretches from Nairobi to Naivasha. This section incorporates construction of four (4) tunnels covering 7.756 kilometres; 9 bridges covering 23.96 kilometres along the project’s corridor; and development of subgrade covering 87.98 kilometres. During the colourful ceremony, President Uhuru excavated a section of the tunnel in Ngong’ area that will be drilled during construction of the line.
Addressing the public during the ceremony, President Uhuru assured them that the Government is keen on ensuring all the requisite conditions that should be adhered to for the successful implementation of the project will be met. He also assured members of the public that all the Project Affected Persons will be duly compensated upon conclusion of the due process by the National Land Commission (NLC).
“This project will come with so many benefits for the mwananchi. It will make transport faster and easier and improve our economy. Those that will be affected in one way or another will be compensated. The National Land Commission will commence payment on determining the total cost and also upon the approval of the final route by the National Environmental Tribunal,” he said.
He also dismissed the myth that having the SGR line pass over the Nairobi National Park will kill the park and affect tourism in the country. He challenged those opposed to the project to prove how investment in the project will actually impact our economy negatively.
The project will cost approximately $150 billion which will be loaned to the Government by the Export Import Bank of China.