The government has haulted work on the standard gauge railway project from Nairobi to Naivasha. Transport Principal Secretary Irungu Nyakera said the route, constructed by China Road and Bridge Corporation, has not been approved. “Legally, they should not have started,” said the PS.
The PS said issues have been raised regarding the Nairobi-Naivasha railway route, with seven options on the table. In response to the issue at hand, Mr. Nyakera said China Road and Bridge Corporation officials said they were mobilising ahead of the planned September 26 launch by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mr. Nyakera added that the route would have to be approved by the Kenya Railway board before an Environmental Impact Assessment study is done. He was speaking to the National Assembly Lands Committee.
Mr Nyakera said he was informed about the construction by Narok Governor Samuel Tunai last week.
According to Mr. Nyakera, a final decision will be made before the end of the week.