Nyeri Governor H.E Mutahi Kahiga today joined other governors and Kenya Railways officials during the Thika -Nanyuki metre gauge railway line stakeholder engagement and familiarization tour.
The rehabilitation of Nairobi- Nanyuki railway line will spur social-economic development on the Central Region Bloc (CEREB).
The 235 Km railway line will also boost the economic growth of the region through the provision of a faster, reliable, safe and secure transport means of cargo.
The railway transverses six counties including:Nairobi, Kiambu, Murang’ a Kirinyaga, Nyeri and Laikipia.
The event also attended by CEREB Chairman who is also the Nyandarua governor H.E Francis Kimemia and Laikipia governor H.E Ndiritu Muriithi was held at Kiganjo MGR station.
The Governor who was accompanied by Nyeri Deputy Governor H.E Dr Caroline Karugu urged Kenya Railways to engage owners of buildings, leaders and residents before demolishing the earmarked buildings.
He said the colonial rules set on the railway line should be done away with.
Infrastructure for land earmarked for industrial development in Kiganjo will be improved by the County Government of Nyeri to ensure the industrial land set aside in Kiganjo is utilized.
CEREB CEO Ndirangu Gachunia noted that this new venture in the region confirms that this is a cradle of entrepreneurship which controls over Kshs. 2.6 Trillion GDP.
“We have a superior infrastructure, the biggest water towers and the requisite human resource to support an industrial revolution. Our people are hardworking and the region has christened the cradle of entrepreneurship and we must live up to our billing,” noted Gachunia.
The revival of the railway will ensure agriculture produce; petroleum products and other products are transported in bulk at a cheaper price.
A passenger train will also be introduced.
The guests later travelled from Kiganjo- Sagana during a maiden trip.
Others present were Trade CEC Diana Kendi, Transport CEC Muthui Kariuki, KR MD Phillip Maingi among others.