Lagat NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The
Nairobi-Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project
that was officially launched last year will pave way for
robust economic activities along its route, a senior
Kenyan official said on Tuesday.
Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure James
Macharia said in a commentary published by the Star
Newspaper that the 120-kilometer modern railway will
open Kenyan hinterland to new investments.
"The economic benefits of the Standard Gauge Railway
are set to soar with the ongoing extension from Nairobi
to Naivasha and eventually to Kisumu and Malaba,"
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 19 2016
launched the construction of the Nairobi-Naivasha second
phase of the SGR project financed by China to the tune
of 1.5 billion dollars.
It is an extension of Mombasa-Nairobi railway whose
operation commenced at the beginning of June this year.
China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is involved
in the implementation of Nairobi-Naivasha SGR project
that will take 54 months to complete.
Macharia noted that that Nairobi-Naivasha SGR project
will herald a new era of industrial revival in Kenyan
"A center piece of the Nairobi-Naivasha line is the
proposed mega industrial park that will be established
near the Mai-Mahiu Freight Exchange Centre," Macharia
Kenya plans to establish a dry port in Naivasha and
other towns along the SGR corridor in a bid to ease
movement of bulk cargo from the port of Mombasa to the
Macharia said both the dry port and Mai Mahiu Freight
Exchange Centre are part of an ambitious agenda by the
government to stimulate economic activities in rural
Kenya has proposed establishment of special economic
zones in Naivasha to maximize the benefits of a modern
Macharia said Naivasha will become a magnet for
investors in advanced manufacturing thanks to efficient
and cheaper transport of raw materials through SGR.
He added that the Nairobi-Naivasha SGR project has
created many jobs for local youth since its construction
kicked off late last year.
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