Compensation for SGR land begins

December 1, 2014
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Construction of the railway line has already commenced. Photo/ KIPCHILLAT KIMARU
Construction of the railway line has already commenced. Photo/ KIPCHILLAT KIMARU

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 1 – The government was Monday due to commence compensation to the land owners where the Standard Gauge Railway will be constructed.

The process which is being carried out by the National Land Commission (NLC) and Kenya Railways (KR), will start with those who own pieces of land from Mariakani to Voi.

Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Maina says they are finalising the disbursement exercise by ensuring proper verification of documents in other areas.

“The construction of Phase 1 of the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railways Project is on course. Land acquisition exercise undertaken by the National Land Commission in accordance with the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and the Land Act, 2012 is at an advanced stage,” Maina announced.

From Mtito Andei to Kiboko areas, Maina says compensation will kick off before the end of this week when the verification process of the affected persons is complete.

“The process of verification of the Project Affected Persons’ (PAPs) bank payment details with their bankers is almost complete. Payment will commence within the first week of December, when the verification process is expected to be complete,” Maina said in a press statement appearing on the local dailies.

Between Kiboko and Athi River, Kenya Railways says approvals are currently being sought for release of funds with payment expected before the end of this month.

Meanwhile affected persons between Mombasa to Mariakani and Athi River to Embakasi are yet to get the exact compensation dates but Maina assures that it will be “soon, after the technical and legal processes are concluded.”

The affected persons who may not have already verified their bank details have been urged to do so with their bankers and provide the information to the National Land Commission.

The National Treasury has already released close to Sh8billion for the compensation.

The entire Standard Gauge Railway project requires close to 12,000 acre of land with a majority of it being with private owners.

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