REPORT: Standard Gauge Railway will not harm wildlife habitat
14 September 2016, 16:15
Nairobi - The second phase of China-funded Standard Gauge
Railway (SGR) project that will be commissioned soon will not cause
environmental harm to Nairobi National Park, Kenyan officials said on
Kenya Railway Corporation (KRC) Managing Director Atanas Maina said
solid measures have been put in place to ensure that the modern railway
line does not interfere with movement of wildlife at the park located on
the outskirts of the Kenyan capital.
Maina said a six-kilometer overpass will be installed inside the park
to minimize human wildlife conflicts and environmental pollution.
He spoke against a backdrop of pressure from conservation lobby
groups to reroute the modern railway line, fearing it could cause
ecological harm to a key wildlife sanctuary.
Maina said the government relied on exhaustive environmental impact
assessment before approving passage of the railway through Nairobi
"The SGR will cross Nairobi National Park on a single line bridge
similar to the one at the Tsavo National Park. It will be installed with
noise deflectors to minimize noise pollution at the park," Maina told
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) chairman Dr Richard Leakey said an
environmental impact assessment carried out by state agencies concluded
that passage of the SGR through Nairobi national park would not harm
"We engaged in a transparent process before approving passage of the
railway line through Nairobi National Park. It was a pragmatic choice to
facilitate development of a critical infrastructure while protecting
ecosystems," said Leakey.