NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
A Chinese contractor of the extended Nairobi-Naivasha
Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) on Wednesday announced that it has
started laying tracks and rail sleepers as implementation of the
mega infrastructure project gathers steam.
According to the
China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), the laying of
tracks and rail sleepers is being carried out from the Rift
Valley county of Narok toward the capital of Nairobi.
The 120-km Nairobi-Naivasha
line is the first of the three segments that make up the second
phase of the SGR project that ends in Malaba town located at the
Steve Zhao, the CCCC
Kenya SGR Project spokesman, said erection of t-beams and laying
of the rail sleepers from Nairobi will be handled by section
office number 7 while section office number 6 will oversee a
similar process from Narok.
construction of the railway stations has been ongoing in Ongata
Rongai, Ngong and Suswa towns.
“We are also on
course to complete the 4.5-km Ngong tunnel in August, the first
and longest railway tunnel in the country,” he said. Six percent
of the modern railway line will consist of three tunnels
measuring 7.147 kilometers and it will also have 27 bridges
measuring 17.3 kilometers that will account for 14.4 percent of
the total project length.
The five counties
where the railway line will pass through include Nairobi,
Kajiado, Kiambu, Nakuru and Narok while five modern stations
will be installed along its corridor to ease ferrying of cargo
tunnel, two more tunnels measuring 2.64 kilometers have already
been constructed along the Nairobi-Naivasha SGR project that is
expected to be completed by June 2019.
SGR project will unleash multiple benefits that include
revolutionizing transport of passengers and goods alongside
stimulating commerce and industrial growth along its corridor.
Establishment of a
special economic zone (SEZ) in the Mai Mahiu/Suswa region will
be a key component of this modern railway project.