President Kenyatta Inspects Trial Section of the Standard Gauge Railway Project
The project will also inject significant capital into the economy since the Government has directed that 40 percent of the project cost should be spent on local goods. A total of Sh8 billion will be spent on acquiring land for the project.
The President inspected a trial section of the SGR at Mtito Andei and later toured a plant for manufacturing rail sleepers and bridge sections. Speaking when he addressed local employees of the company constructing the SGR — China Roads and Bridges — President Kenyatta said the whole region is yearning for the completion of the Mombasa-Nairobi section of the railway.
He called on the employees to dedicate themselves so that the Sh327 billion project is completed according to schedule. The President said he will be closely monitoring the progress of the project because he wants Kenyans and the region to benefit from it as soon as possible.
“I will be visiting you more often and keep up the good work,” said the President during the inspection which took the better part of the day. The 472 kilometre Mombasa-Nairobi phase of the project will be completed in three years before the construction of the other legs of the northern corridor SGR begin.
The next phase will be the 505 kilometre Nairobi-Malaba route to be followed by the Kisumu branch line, which will be 132 kilometres long. he trains will also reduce congestion on Kenyan highways and thereby increase the life of roads. At least 30,000 direct jobs for locals will be created during the construction with another 7,963 already working at the project’s headquarters.
At the same time, at least 15,000 locals will acquire skills suitable for self employment. The new rail transport system is expected to create 60,000 direct jobs and a further 200,000 indirect jobs.
The President was taken on a tour of the project by Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau, the PS Nduva Muli and managers of China Roads and Bridge Corporation. He was also accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Joseph Nkaissery (Internal Security), Davis Chirchir (Energy), Charity Ngilu (Lands and Housing) and Judy Wakhungu (Environment).
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