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Uhuru, Raila Set For Maiden Mombasa To Kisumu Train Ride

Train services from Mombasa to Kisumu are anticipated to be absolutely operational within the next one month.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party chief Raila Odinga will take the first symbolic trip in April. Mr Peter Odoyo, the chief administrative secretary within the Ministry of Defence, said the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) is nearly through with the refurbishment of the 216- kilometre Nakuru- Kisumu meter gauge railway line.

The rehabilitation has costed Sh3. 7 billion. Mr Odoyo stated KDF will give up the challenge to Kenya Railway Corporation in 10 days: " Over the subsequent 10 days, we will be checking and repairing bridges and by April Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga will officially open the Nakuru-Kisumu railway line, " he disclosed during an inspection tour of the project. The line has 17 stations but the railway operations on the branch ceased upon granting of the concessionaire (RVR) in 2008.The revival of the old line will help various counties, which are establishing economic blocs, to without difficulty deliver their items thereby boosting industries and agriculture.

The Nakuru- Kisumu line links to the Kisumu Port, whose original concept turned into pegged on the usual gauge railway attaining the lakeside city with cargo from Mombasa. Last week, tens of employees stationed at special sites of the railway line have been doing repairs from Kisumu Port to Miwani, Chemelil, Muhoroni and Fort Ternan.

Mr Mwalimu Disi, the operations supervisor at Kenya Railways Corporation, stated that, once KDF palms over the line, KRC will adopt very last touches in vandalised areas. This may be entire in a month."At the start of April, we will have finished the maintenance so that we perform trials at the railway line to present way for full operations to resume which includes the Kisumu Port, " said Mr Disi.

He stated he predicted cargo carriage to go up, with a purpose to create a call for for cargo managing centers. He maintained that the Nakuru- Kisumu line is the shorter path to Uganda and past compared to the Malaba line.To date, Uhuru has done 42 spherical trips to the neighbouring countries transporting more than 42 million liters of gas products. The organisation has approximately a hundred and sixty students within the Marine School studying various courses in readiness to start work at the Kisumu Port.

Mr Odoyo revealed that the Kenya Navy is currently constructing a seven hundred, thousand- tonne deliver, so one can transport shipment and passengers to Uganda and Tanzania.

" Hopefully by August, we shall take a trial voyage to Sori in the direction of Tanzania on board the ship, " Mr Odoyo said. The ship will cost about Sh200 million. A newly imported ship would have cost the authorities Sh700 million.

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