Kenya Railways (KR) has started reclaiming land reserves grabbed by private individuals, businesses and institutions to facilitate the planned construction of the Nairobi mass transit railway.
Newly appointed Kenya Railways Managing Director Philip Mainga said persons who have encroached on railway reserve land within Nairobi and its environs must vacate to give way for implementation of the Nairobi Railway Master plan.
He said demolition of illegal structures is underway, chiefly targeting prime parcels of land within Nairobi metropolitan areas which that have been identified for use in the rail master plan.
“As per the notice issued on September, 2019, we inform members of the public that reclamation of illegally acquired railway land and property (houses) is currently ongoing,” he said.
In the master plan, Kenya Railways proposes to redesign and construct a massive transport hub on part of the 273- acre railway headquarters land as well as flyover links to major roads across Nairobi.
The recovered land will mainly be put to use in the construction of the required flyovers.
The Kenya Railways MD also put on notice any holders of “illegal” title deeds asking them to surrender the invalid documents for revocation. He said a whistle-blowers’ alert platform had been set up to enable the public to provide information about land grabbers.
Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) is helping the parastatal to execute the recovery and prosecute the culprits.
Kenya Railways is also in the process of rehabilitating the Thika– Nanyuki railway line which is part of the Meter Gauge Railway (MGR). The line traverses six (6) counties namely; Nairob, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, and Laikipia.
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