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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

GOVT HALTS NAIROBI-NAIVASHA SGR RAILWAY PROJECT

Police guard the standard gauge railway site at Duka Moja after Chinese workers were attacked by Maasai morans. PHOTO | GEORGE SAYAGIE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By JOHN NGIRACHU 
The government has stopped work on the standard gauge railway project from Nairobi to Naivasha.
Transport Principal Secretary Irungu Nyakera said the route, which is being built by China Road and Bridge Corporation, has not been approved.

"Legally, they (contractor) should not have started," the PS told the National Assembly Lands Committee
Mr Nyakera said the ministry got to know about work on the Nairobi-Naivasha phase last week after some of the workers were attacked by Maasai morans at Duka Moja in Narok County.
"It seems like since they have finished on this other side and they have people [they decided to deploy them], which is not the right thing to do," said Mr Nyakera.
He said the route would have to be approved by the Kenya Railway board before an Environmental Impact Assessment study is done.
The PS said issues have been raised regarding the Nairobi-Naivasha railway route, with seven options on the table.
A final decision would be made before the end of the week, he added.
Mr Nyakera said he was informed about the construction by Narok Governor Samuel Tunai last week.
He said China Road and Bridge Corporation officials, when contacted, said they were mobilising ahead of the planned September 26 launch by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
NMG

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