Govt releases Ksh475m for SGR compensation

The government expects to complete compensating those affected by construction of the Standard Gauge Railway between Mombasa and Nairobi next month.

A section of the standard gauge railway line has already been laid with the project seemingly on track to meet the completion deadline of 2017.
A section of the standard gauge railway line has already been laid with the project seemingly on track to meet the completion deadline of 2017.

Government officials are currently inspecting and valuing affected land in the Athi River and Embakasi areas with Kenya Railways saying award letters for this section are expected by end month.

From here the officials are expected to move to the section between the Port of Mombasa and Chigato for inspection and valuation in an exercise that is expected to be completed by end of next month.

The future and what will become of Kenya’s newest railway line was evident when Uhuru Kenyatta toured the project in Mtito Andei to ascertain its progress last month.

A section of the standard gauge railway line has already been laid with the project seemingly on track to meet the completion deadline of 2017.

The first phase covers the Mombasa to Nairobi over a 472km stretch.

The first phase is set to cost 327 billion shillings.

However, with the construction of the project appears will not face major obstacle, at least in the first phase as compensation programme is already being undertaken by the National Lands Commission.

The exercise that kicked off last December has so far seen 5.6 billion shillings given to land owners affected by the project.

Another 301 persons are set to get their fair share as a result of being relocated to pave way not only for rail track but also construction of rail slipper factory among other structures that will support the project.

This is set to cost 475 million shillings. Kenya Railways says another 2.1 billion shillings is expected to be released by the National Treasury to be channeled towards compensating the Project Affected Persons.

The second phase of the SGR project covers Nairobi to Malaba, with a branch to Kisumu, all covering at least 505km stretch.

KBC

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