Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has given a sneak preview of the sophisticated train system that the government intends to put in place by 2021.
The governor, who is currently in France, posted a video capturing the fancy train system in live action.
The high capacity trains come with two pilot cabins on both ends of the vehicles, such that the pilots only have to move from one cabin to other instead of making turns when changing the direction of the locomotive’s movement.
Phase one funding for NAMSIP Projects a partnership between the Nairobi city county Government, National Government and the world bank totalling to 9B for the construction of various Markets, 2 fire stations, upgrade of drainage sytems, walkways and sinking of varoius boreholes was first allocated in 2013. Cause of too much politics and bad leadership none of these projects took off during that time. Only 300 million was misaporopriated ati for upgrade of Tom mboya fire station. Through my intervention and that of HE Uhuru Kenyatta we stamped authority by cracking the whip to ensure this funding was put to proper use. For instance we forcefully put a spirited fight against the Land grabbers who had grabbed land earmarked for construction of Mwariro market, The County compesated and relocated all traders at the market and later identified a competent contractor through competitive bidding, the market is today 75% done. Same applied to Karandini Market in Dagoretti South which is now 80% done as well. Kangundo road firestation, the county compensated the land owner after another spirited court fight, identified a contractor, the fire station is now 90% done. Same applied to Waithaka fire station where the county also repossesed its land and the fire station is 95% complete. Drainage was also upgraded between nyayo stadium all the way to South C and some other parts of the city. And the floods which used to sweep away our people are no longer there even after the recent heavy rains.On this same partnership on light rails we are doing 5 lines from main Nairobi central railway station. They are 1.Nairobi- Mwiki,-Githurai -Ruiru 2. Nairobi- Imara Daima- Embakasi Village 3. Nairobi- Syokimau- Athiriver 4. Nairobi- Kibera- kikuyu 5. Nairobi-Rongai- Kiserian.Line 1 to be launched anytime now by myself and HE the President.Also remember France had signed a 2 billion Euro worth of infrastructure deals in Kenyaon 13/03/2019 when theFrench President Emmanuel Macron visited Kenya, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta during an event at Nairobi Central Railway Station in Nairobi for construction of a railway line from our traffic-congested city to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a trip of about 20 kilometres that can take up to two hours by car.I'm currently in France and this is how the National government funded project by the French will look like once complete in 2021.A consortium led by France’s largest construction firm Vinci secured a 30-year concession to improve and operate a much needed highway between Nairobi northwest to Mau, a busy stretch of road for passengers and freight that is among the country's deadliest.
Posted by Mike Sonko. on Wednesday, 9 October 2019
The promise of alternative means of transport around the City is highly welcome by Kenyans who find themselves stuck in traffic jams on Nairobi’s busy roads day in day out.
According to Sonko, Kenyans can expect this project to be completed by 2021.
In his March visit to the country, France President Emmanuel Macron pledged to help the government construct a 20 kilometre railway line between the Nairobi CBD and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The governor also highlighted that other crucial railway lines will be constructed to inter link busy Nairobi centres.
These upcoming links include Nairobi-Mwiki-Githurai-Ruiru, Nairobi-Imara Daima-Embakasi Village, Nairobi-Syokimau- Athiriver, Nairobi- Kibera- kikuyu, and the Nairobi-Rongai- Kiserian link.
These links are structured such that all regions of Nairobi are adequately covered.
Sonko urged leaders to stop politicising projects’ implementation, saying that this adversely affects the implementation timelines of the said projects.