NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
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 Tuesday.
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 national
“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
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.