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Ray of hope as revival of Kisumu railway line takes shape

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The revival of the Nairobi-Kisumu Meter Gauge Railway (MGR) is fast coming into shape.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga on Sunday inspected the ongoing rehabilitation of the line while on a tour in Kisumu County.

Kenya Railways is laying a new 24-kilometer railway line at the Naivasha Inland Container Depot (ICD). This will the new Standard Gauge Railway with the rehabilitated MGR.

Works are ongoing already on the railway from Longonot to Kisumu, then to Malaba. A multi-agency team led by the Kenya Defense Forces is overseeing the project.

As part of the revival of the MGR, a new railway station will be set up at Obunga. Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o says that the new station will be completed by April 2021.

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The MGR is part of a broad Government strategy to consolidate the country’s position as the leading trade gateway to the East African hinterland.

Experts say the revival of this railway line, which had sunk to oblivion three decades ago, will be a breakthrough in reviving the economy of the counties along the track.

Towns, markets, and shopping centers like Kibos, Miwani, Muhoroni, Koru, and Kibigori had thrived because of the economic activities dependable on the railway line. They are now dead.

When operational, the railway line was used to transport agricultural produce and bulky goods that needed a cheap mode of transport.

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