An initial 1,200 residents from three counties benefit from SGR employment at Kikuyu sub-section office

In anticipation of the massive construction of the Standard Gauge Railway Phase 2A project from Nairobi – Naivasha, an initial 1,224 residents from Kiambu, Nakuru and Narok counties have now been employed to work on the sub-section 3 office based in Kikuyu area by China Construction Communications Company (CCCC), the project contractor.

Currently, the contractor has already employed 5,265 Kenyan employees as at the end of 2017 for the second phase, who are currently working in the Ongata Rongai, Ngong, Mai Mahiu, Suswa and Nachu sub stations.

Steve Zhao, spokesperson at the Head Office of Kenya SGR Project noted more employment opportunities will open up once massive construction commences. “The project is currently on its initial stage as we conduct geological and preliminary works. As the project advances, we will recruit more people to meet the construction needs.”

Kenya Railways Corporation has already completed the Relocation Action Plan (RAP) and notified the Project Affected Persons (PAPs) of the impending acquisition of land by the National Lands Commission (NLC). The NLC has already gazetted sections of the corridor signalling the commencement of acquisition.

Mr. Zhao reiterated the contractor’s commitment in ensuring the welfare of the employees is given priority. CCCC has so far facilitated temporary accommodation units for its employees who would prefer to reside close to the camp. Transport arrangements have also been improved with sub section office No. 3 located in Kikuyu, providing seven 50-seater buses to ferry the employees to and from work.

The Nairobi – Naivasha phase of the SGR project will pass through five counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Kiambu, Nakuru and Narok. It will feature five newly-built stations at Ongata Rongai, Ngong, Mai Mahiu, Suswa and Nachu. There will be 27 bridges in different sizes, 17.3km altogether and accounting for 14.4% of the total project length. Six percent of the line will consist three tunnels totalling 7.147 km.

Throughout the design, construction, operation and management of the SGR project, China Communications and Construction Company (CCCC) has supported the local communities with a cross-section of corporate social responsibility projects. Until now, over 70 CSR activities have been organised, including the drilling of boreholes, donation of learning materials to local schools, community road and bridge repairs and environmental conservation activities.