Sh15b set aside for SGR phase 2A land compensation

Sh15b set aside for SGR phase 2A land compensation

The government is set to spend Sh15 billion compensating land owners affected by the second phase of the standard gauge railway project.

The SGR phase 2A project from Nairobi to Naivasha is expected to ease cargo movement in the country.

The project which is being flagged off by President Uhuru Kenyatta will cover a total of 120 kilometers and will cost Sh150 billion being financed by the Chinese Government.

According to Kenya Railways, the state agency overseeing the project, the government spent a total of Sh32 billion in compensating affected land owners between Mombasa and Nairobi.

The government approved the designs for the Nairobi-Naivasha SGR in March with the project awarded to the China Communications Construction Company.

While the designs are complete, Kenya Railways is facing a challenge on which route the railway line should follow.

The second phase of the project has stirred controversy with plans to construct part of the railway line inside the Nairobi National Park.

The contractor plans to build a six kilometer bridge in the park but conservationists have opposed the move.

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