Uhuru wants SGR extended to Naivasha
26 May 2015, 18:00
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking to have the Standard Gauge Railway extended to Naivasha from Nairobi, he has said.
The government has started negotiations with the company building the Standard Gauge Railway for the extension of the line from Nairobi to Naivasha after they complete construction from Mombasa to Nairobi.
The extension of 120 kilometres will link special industrial zones that would be established at Naivasha, which is home to the Olkaria geothermal power plants to Nairobi and Mombasa.
To attract investors to set up industrial complexes at the specially designated zones near Olkaria, the government will offer them subsidised power tariffs. Firms will also have their power connected directly from Olkaria to ensure uninterrupted supplies, and in some cases, companies -such as those dealing in apparel manufacturing – will be allowed access to steam.
The Government also plans to set up many industrial parks along the route of the SGR. Already, the Ministry of Industrialisation has identified land for setting up industrial parks in Mariakani, Voi, Naivasha, Athi River and Emali.
President Kenyatta also directed Cabinet Secretaries to take charge of resolving any issue that might delay the construction of the railway.
Some of the issues that the meeting agreed should be resolved before the next meeting in August include moving of power lines from the route of the railway line and issue of public facilities that might be affected by the line.
The meeting was held after President Kenyatta and the Deputy President toured the construction of the Voi River Super Bridge.
The bridge, which cuts through the Tsavo National Park’s elephant corridor, has a length of two kilometres and an elevation of 18 feet.
It was part of the SGR design to construct the expensive super bridge to avoid interfering with the migration of elephants.
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