Expectations are high in towns transversed by the Nairobi-Nanyuki line. Residents herald the second coming of the railway as a major game-changer in their local economies.
Last Friday, Governors from the Central Kenya economic block visited different sites to monitor the ongoing works.
Speaking at a function in Kiganjo, the governors – Francis Kimemia, Mutahi Kahiga and Nderitu Muriithi lamented that the region fell light years behind when the line collapsed due to mismanagement.
They joined residents in their optimism, saying that once the 240-kilometre meter-gauge line is operational, it will resuscitate the economies of the respective counties, transversed by the Nairobi-Nanyuki line.
To residents, the Nairobi-Nayuki line means a reduction in transport charges of agricultural produce, the revival of industries creation of jobs and the decongestion of the ever-busy Nairobi-Nanyuki highway. The line will cut through Nairobi-Thika-Maragua- Sagana-Karatina-Nanyuki.
The government was forced to rethink the line since Vivo energy has a petroleum storage facility with a capacity of about 11 million litres. The line eases the demand on the busy highway and reduction of road carnage, a ripple effect of the same.
Real estate developers, especially in Nanyuki, will reap big since news of the railway completion means that prices will skyrocket as a result of the halving of the travel time of areas along the line.