Senators to act on locals' concern over railway site

Senate Committee on Environment and National Resources Chairman Mwangi Githiomi during a visit of Phase Two of the Standard Gauge Railway Project at Ngong, Kajiado County. [Peterson Githaiga, Standard]
Residents of Ololua in Ngong who petitioned a National Assembly committee over construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will have to wait for two more weeks for the outcome.

The residents had petitioned the Senate Committee on Environment and National Resources concerning alleged adverse environmental and social effects arising from construction of Phase 2 of the Nairobi-Naivasha SGR.

Committee chairman Mwangi Githiomi told the residents the petition they made to the committee last year was being investigated, and that the outcome would be out in two weeks' time.

Speaking during a tour of the SGR project at the weekend, Mr Githiomi said he was shocked by the high magnitude of damage caused by the contractors.

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“It’s true that the blasts from these quarries have affected many homes and we have seen. We will now be back to the Senate where we will do a preview of the same and give our final decision," said he.

He said the law would take its course if the mining company was found to have disregarded the law, putting the lives of residents in danger.

The residents have been acting against the company for allegedly failing to compensate them.

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