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Kenya Railways to construct std gauge railway

10 May 2013, 12:52 Wangui Joseph

A project aimed at giving Kenya a standard gauge railway line in order to ease movement of cargo and passengers is in progress.

Kenya Railways Corporate Affairs Manager Wangui Mwaniki said the Corporation and the Kenya Government are sourcing for funds for the first phase of the railway that will see a new line constructed from Mombasa to Malaba.

She said other phases that include the construction of the Lamu Port South Sudan (LAPSSET) line and another line to Ethiopia will follow all of which may begin in September.

Wangui was speaking in Nyeri on Thursday where she led the corporation’s employees in a tree planting exercise at Nyeri Hill.

She said the corporation is in partnership with the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to help reforest part of the 10 000 hectares of the Aberdare forest that was destroyed by fire last year.

The County Forests coordinator Muchiri Mathinji appreciated Kenya Railways for extending their assistance to help the country reach its target of a 10 per cent forest cover.

Mathinji said the program to establish the ten percent forest cover, a requirement of the constitution, is in progress with the current forest cover currently standing at 6.99 per cent.

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