SGR Nairobi-Naivasha 70% done: Government

Nairobi-Naivasha standard gauge railway (SGR)
President Uhuru Kenyatta, Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia (second right) and Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku during a routine inspection of the SGR Phase 2A Project at DK2 Project Site on June 23, 2018. File Photo | NMG

Construction of the 120-kilometre Nairobi-Naivasha standard gauge railway (SGR) is almost complete with engineers having certified 50 per cent of the infrastructure, the government says.

Transport Principal Secretary Paul Maringa expressed optimism that the rail will be done in time ahead of the June 2019 deadline.

“Seventy per cent of the work is done…The engineers assessment certified 50 per cent,” Mr Maringa said in an interview today.

The PS said his ministry was looking into payment claims from landowners affected by the rail.

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“We have the money for the compensation,” he added.

The Nairobi-Naivasha line is funded by Exim-Bank of China at a cost Sh150 billion.Phase 2B of the project from Naivasha to Kisumu will cost Sh350 billion, the bulk of which is expected to be financed through loans from the same lender.


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