NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday
carried out an inspection tour of phase 2A of the Standard Gauge
Railway (SGR) project that links the capital Nairobi to the
resort town of Naivasha.
accompanied by senior government officials and executives from
China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) that is
implementing the 120-km modern railway project.
The Kenyan leader
witnessed the ongoing laying of tracks over t-beams that
commenced earlier this week signaling the commitment by the
contractor to finish the project ahead of schedule.
witnessed the installation of Bridge Girders that are a key
component of the Phase 2A of Nairobi-Naivasha Standard Gauge
Later, the president
held an inter-ministerial meeting to obtain updates on the
status of the SGR phase 2A project’s implementation that
realigns with his vision for transforming Kenya into a
transport, logistics and manufacturing hub.
The phase 2A section
of SGR will pass through five counties including Nairobi,
Kajiado, Kiambu, Nakuru and Narok and is expected to open up
Kenyan hinterland while stimulating commerce and
It is connected to
Mombasa-Nairobi SGR phase one terminus on the southern edge and
will run through Nairobi National Park as its alignment turns
North West towards the Rift Valley.
The modern railway
line will pass through a 6-km super bridge erected inside the
Nairobi National Park to minimize disturbance to iconic wildlife
According to Kenya
Railways Corporation, the Super Bridge was considered the most
ideal route option since others were found to be less viable,
economically and ecologically.
“This option affirms
Kenya Railways and certainly the Government’s commitment to
ensure there is a balance between infrastructure development and
environmental conservation,” Kenya Railways said in a statement.
launched the Nairobi-Naivasha SGR phase 2A project on October
19, 2016 and its implementation timeline has gone down from 54
to 36 months.
A statement from
CCCC said construction of three out of five railway stations are
already underway along the SGR phase 2A corridor while
construction of the 4.5 kilometer Ngong tunnel that is the
longest in the region will be completed by August this year.
The statement said
two more tunnels measuring 2.64 kilometers will also be
constructed along the route.
Kenya is banking on
SGR phase 2A project to facilitate the establishment of a
Special Economic Zone (SEZ) near Naivasha town and hasten
implementation of President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda on