In Summary
  • The Cabinet Secretary revealed that 60 Kenyan students have also been offered scholarships to pursue various railway and train related engineering courses in Chinese universities.

Transport Cabinet Secretary has said that 99 per cent of the civil works on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Mombasa to Nairobi is complete.

Mr James Macharia said the rail tracks have been laid and the first train is set to run from Mombasa to Nairobi on schedule on June 1.

“Test-runs of locomotives, rail tracks, signalling and communication facilities is ongoing,” Mr Macharia said on Monday at State House Nairobi, when he briefed President Uhuru Kenyatta about the progress of the project.

The quarterly meeting was also attended by China Communications Construction Company Vice President Chen Yun and China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC) President Lu Shan.

Mr Macharia said Sh15 billion has been paid out as land compensation and that construction of 33 stations is almost complete and 15 locomotives have already been received.

He said Sh84 billion has been used under local content with people living along the railway line getting direct employment while others have benefitted through the delivery of goods and services to the project.

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