Railway must pass through Nairobi National Park, Leakey says
31 July 2015, 19:14
Nairobi - The Standard Gauge Railway must pass through the Nairobi National Park, Kenya Wildlife Service KWS chairman Richard Leakey has said.
Leakey said Friday in Nairobi that all factors considered, it was the only viable arrangement for a project that will benefit the country and Kenyans in several ways.
" We needed a solution and this is it. We cannot tell the people of
Kenya that the railway can’t come through the park so you won’t have a
railway. It must pass somewhere and the most viable place is through the park," he said.
our money; yours and my taxes. So I think we have to be realistic. My
friends I’m sorry but my belief is it’s not a good solution but it’s the
best solution we can find in 2015 in the circumstances that face us," he added.
" You know my inkling and where my loyalties lie but on this case I have to take a step back and agree that we have to take measures and this one is the only one that can work," he insisted.
Leakey stated that the best that could be done is to reduce the amount of disturbance to animals in the park to as little as possible.
" The animals will have access to the Eastern side of the track without
hindrance by passing under several sections of the track that will be
elevated on three bridges of almost a kilometer in total length," he stated.
" Generally, the track will be as high as 20 meters high," he added.
Conservationists have long argued that the railway track can pass through Kitengela and other adjoining urban areas but the cost factor involved would be massive.
" The cost factor in terms of compensation and then the destruction of property and other public and private spaces is just not viable," he added.
The Standard Gauge Railway is being built at a cost of KES 8 trillion and will take over 5 years to complete.
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