Construction of 40 KM Narok-Mara road begins
24 June 2015, 18:37
Nairobi - A Chinese firm has started tarmacking a 40 km road
network that is used by tourists visiting the world's famous Maasai Mara
National Park in southwest Kenya.
Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai said the project,
undertaken by Nanchang Foreign Engineering Corporation that won the 13.3
million U.S. dollar contract, is expected to be completed in the next
two years and employ 200 youths from the region.
He said Narok town is the gateway to the Maasai Mara game reserve,
and improved infrastructure, will attract the investors to the region.
Deputy President William Ruto, who presided over the groundbreaking
ceremony, said the poor state of the road has negatively affected the
tourism sector that he stated is an important component to the country's
"Tourism is one of the country's economic pillars. Despite the
challenges that the sector continues to grapple with, the government is
committed to ensuring that roads leading to our parks be maintained
properly. The realization of Vision 2030 is pegged on one of these
pillars," he said, adding that the road, once completed, will make it
easy for tourists to access the park.
"We want to improve all the roads leading to Maasai Mara because the
tourism is economic pillar and will work closely with the local county
government," said Ruto.
His sentiments come at time when tourism stakeholders had expressed the concerns over the poor state of the Maasai Mara roads.
Maasai Mara is Kenya's major tourist attraction, most popular safari
destination, and home to all the mainstream wildlife. It is a vast
reserve of endless flat grassland crossed by rivers, which play host to
wildlife's most spectacular moments that include the great wildbeest
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