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Government to compensate Standard Gauge Railway victims

03 September 2014, 11:40 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - The Government will compensate all residents who will be affected by the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway.

Transport and Infrastructure Principal Secretary, John Musonik said residents living on the parcels of land mapped for the construction of the modern railway line have been given notified through adverts on the local dailies and the National Lands Commission.

Speaking on Tuesday during a tour of the Standard Gauge Railway construction site in Mariakani, the PS revealed that notices are already being issued for occupants for such land parcels and assured that no one will be irregularly displaced.

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“We have a well organized compensation plan for those who will be affected during the exercise,” said Musonik.

He said the Ministry was working closely with the National Lands Commission to handle matters of valuation of the land in order to ensure that all parties get compensation equivalent to what they surrender.

The Standard Gauge Railway construction was set to begin in July after the acquisition of the over 11 000 acres of land on the mapped area of passage, with the Exim Bank of China financing 90 percent of the project while the remainder comes from taxpayers.

“40 percent of the materials and labor will be acquired locally, but main construction will begin in October 2014. The completion is set for October 2017,” Musonik said.

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Kenya Railways Managing Director, Anthony Njuguna, also concurred that the Chinese contractor was on schedule with the construction set to begin in August, when 60 percent of the required land should have been purchased.

The SGR construction will cost KES 327 billion.

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