The Standard Gauge Railway line from Nairobi to Malaba will pass through the Nairobi National Park despite heated protests by pro-wild life groups.

The protesters held demonstration with placards through Nairobi streets and eventually filed a court case claiming that the railway line will open the park to destruction. Animals will be frightened away be the noise of the train and soon they will be no animals in the park and then there will be no park.

Alternatives not viable

But the Cabinet Secretary for Transport James Wainaina Macharia said work on the railway line will go on as scheduled and the line will pass through the national park.

“We have examined other alternatives and this remains the best. Unlike what the activitis are saying the railway line will become a major attraction with the training passing high above. Tourism will increase because travellers will be able to view game as the train passes abpve,” Macharia said.

Kenya Wildlife Services

He said residents of nearby estates such as Syokimau and Mlolongo will find the high level train a thrilling spectacle to watch.

And the boss of the Kenya Wildlife Services Dr Richard Leakey said only a small portion of the park would be affected.

The Standard Gauge Railway project will link Mombasa to Nairobi and thence to the shores of Lake Victoria in Kisumu . Construction work is being undertaken by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) at a cost of Ksh.105B