The standard gauge railway project from Mombasa to Nairobi is nearing completion. And already, the benefits can be felt albeit not in the transportation of good.
The rail had by February injected 50 billion shillings directly into the pockets of Kenyan supplier’s following President Kenyatta’s directive that 40 percent of supplies of goods and services to the SGR be local content.
The biggest investment in east and Central Africa had also employed over 30,000 locals.
The President disclosed that the Government is in talks with investors to put up industrial parks along the SGR line so as to create jobs for Kenyans.
More than 75% civil works have been completed on the first phase of the 420 billion shillings project, with over 235 Km trackline laid between Voi and Sultan Hamud.
Earlier in the day, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Last Mile Connectivity Project in Kiambu County where 18,290 households will be connected to electricity by June 2017.
Nationally, the first phase of the project will see at least 300, 000 households connected to electricity by the middle of next year.
The project involves increasing the number of installed transformers all over the country and ensuring all households near every transformer are connected.
The President toured Ndiguini village in Ndeiya, Kikuyu Constituency, to inspect the implementation of the project and visited households that have just been supplied with electricity.
The President said the promise by the Government to raise electricity connections coverage to 70 percent is well on target and will be achieved by 2017.