President Uhuru launches Nairobi-Suswa SGR
SEE ALSO :Uhuru launches Naivasha SGR operationsTraders along the line have welcomed the launch and are optimistic that the project will open up business opportunities. President Uhuru has also commission works on the Inland Container Depot (ICD) located within the planned Dry Port near Mai Mahiu town.
Delays The completion of the 120.49 kilometres (Phase 2A) project whose construction began in 2017 had been delayed following a compensation tussle between the affected persons and the Kenya Railways. According to Kenya Railways and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), the project was set for completion in May with commencement of commuter services expected by June 1.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta arrive at Nairobi Terminus for the official launch of Phase 2A of the Standard Gauge Railway. Phase 2A stretches from Nairobi to Suswa. pic.twitter.com/N1iX83G6EX— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) October 16, 2019
SEE ALSO :Grand SGR dreams die at SuswaThe contractor, CCCC, had said that the 35- kilometers stretch between Embul Bul (Ngong) and the Nairobi National Park was highly affected as a result of delayed land compensation. The launch comes even as reports are emerging that a group of residents has moved to court to stop the relocation of families living on the 1,000-acre land earmarked for the special economic zone. “The case is being handled by the concerned Government department as the affected families had been compensated by Kedong ranch with 4,000 acres,” said Naivasha sub-county commissioner Mbogo Mathioya. However, Narok East MP Ken Aramat said more than 10,000 families would be affected by the project and the 4,000 acres provided would not be enough.
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