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Nairobi wanaboresha Reli kukabili foleni sisi tumelala!

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by kanyagio, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. kanyagio

    kanyagio JF-Expert Member

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    Kenya seeks operator to run $100m Nairobi commuter railway system

    [​IMG] A modern locomotive with diesel electric multiple units. Photo/FILE

    Kenya is seeking a rail operator to manage its Nairobi commuter railway system which is to be upgraded and expanded at a cost of $100 million by next year, to ease traffic congestion in the capital.

    State-owned Kenya Railways Corporation and a London-based private infrastructure development trust InfraCo Ltd have put up an international tender for a rail operator to help in developing the railway system and eventually manage it upon completion.

    Private consortium Rift Valley Railways’ five-year concession agreement to manage passenger rail service ends this year.

    The entry of a rail management firm and the upgrade of the existing system will be a welcome relief for city Nairobi residents and visitors who have to contend with hours of traffic snarl-ups.

    The deal offers world leading rail operators a fresh entry into Kenya, as the country seeks to expand its infrastructure to attract investments.

    Majority of Nairobians use public service vehicle, and the the few who opt for rail transport — which is cheaper — have to reckon with unreliable service and congestion.

    “The system is expected to initially comprise 10-15 commuter trains operating over four lines, one of which will be a new express link to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from the Nairobi Central Station,” said KR and InfraCo in the tender advertised last week.

    KR managing director Nduva Muli said the project will expand the network to cover 170 kilometres, up from 61km currently.

    It will also entail the replacement of the current locomotive trains with Diesel Electric Multiple Units said to be more suitable and efficient for passenger carriers.

    KR statistics show city’s trains currently carry about 19,000 people a day on 41 carriages, bringing in Ksh475,000 ($5,937.5) per?

    “We want to modernise the infrastructure, improve the rail quality, build new stations and then we will be providing infrastructure that encourages other transport mode interactions such as park-and-ride,” said Mr Muli, when he announced the partnership between KR and InfraCo. The two signed a partnership in 2009.

    The “Park and ride” concept will see commuters park their cars in the nearest train station, ride a train into the city from where they can either proceed to their destination or connect by public transport.

    This is expected to ease the parking in the city. The project will therefore see Kenya Railway and the developer invest in major parking areas and commercial hubs in main stations that will earn the company income through property rent thus increasing profitability.

    In the arrangement, InfraCo will fund the initial cost of the project and will recoup the money by selling its interest to the private sector if the project becomes successful.

    If it fails, the money used will be written off as a grant to the Kenyan government, meaning Kenya Railways bears no risk in the implementation of project.

    Source: Eastafrican Feb 21
  2. Nono

    Nono JF-Expert Member

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    This is nice move for our neighbours. In Tanzania we are debating on DOWANS issue where we are penalised to pay more than $64 million, which is more than half of what the project in Kenya is anticipated to cost. I understand that JK promised to establish a metro in Dar to cub the exacerbating traffic; but sad news is that after clinching in the office has just started his missionary trips to build in others while his home is perishing!
    I advice him to visit his friend, Gadaffi who might be of help especially in the current movements in middles east/north Africa. The Dar city is almost getting to stand still, but we are just keeping on "ngonjeras"
  3. Nyunyu

    Nyunyu JF-Expert Member

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    Fly Kenya fly...

    This country is stagnant because of politics...