08 Jun 2018 News & Updates
1. The Standard Gauge Railway
Completion of the first phase of the project was crowned by the Head of State in a symbolic ride. He hopes that the railway will be a game changer in the country's economic front. The fact that the first phase was delivered 18 months ahead of schedule gave the President and the country something to smile about. The launch of the passenger train is meant to complement other means of transport. The President said the fares on the new train must be affordable to the common mwananchi. The fares to Mombasa from Nairobi and vice versa should not exceed Sh700. Those in First Class would pay Sh3000 for the express service between the two metropolitan cities.
2. Kilindini Harbor
Kilindini is an old Swahili term that means "deep". Kilindini Harbor is a large, natural deep-water inlet extending inland from Mombasa, Kenya. It is (45–55 meters) at its deepest center, although the controlling depth is the outer channel in the port as it approaches the dredged depth of 17.5 metres (57 ft). It serves as the harbor for Mombasa, with a hinterland extending to Uganda. Kilindini Harbor is the main part of the Port of Mombasa, the only international seaport in Kenya and the biggest port in East Africa.
It is managed by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA). Apart from cargo handling, Mombasa is frequented by Cruise ships. Kilindini Harbor is an example of a natural geographic phenomenon called a ria, formed millions of years ago when the sea level rose and engulfed a river that was flowing from the mainland.
3. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Welcome to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Africa’s premier hub and ideal gateway into and out of East and Central Africa. JKIA is the flagship airport of The KAA. The airport boasts of over 40 passenger airlines and 25 cargo planes. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, formerly called Embakasi Airport and Nairobi International Airport, is Kenya’s largest aviation facility, and the busiest airport in East Africa. Its importance as an aviation center makes it the pace setter for other airports in the region.
The modern Terminal 1E that was unveiled by President Uhuru Kenyatta, will serve as the International Arrivals terminal with a capacity to handle 2.5 million passengers annually. At the moment, the airport’s parking garage serves as a temporary international arrivals terminal. Separation of the arriving and departing passengers is a key security requirement under international aviation standards. Also unveiled was a new security screening yard at the entrance of JKIA, a state-of-the-art facility fitted with modern security equipment that is one of a kind in Africa.
4. Nairobi- Thika Superhighway
Severe traffic congestion and frequent road accidents were common on the Nairobi-Thika roadway, which necessitated a new, wider and safer highway. The urban zones along the stretch have rapidly increased, and so has the number of automobiles. Excessive fuel consumption and high level of vehicular pollution followed as the inevitable consequences of the heavy traffic.
The new superhighway has brought about positive changes for everyone residing along the Nairobi-Thika route. Time of travel between Nairobi and Thika has already come down to approximately 40 minutes, as compared to two hours in the past. The superhighway connects Nairobi to Marsabit, Isiolo, Moyale and Mandera, all of which are primary commercial centres of Kenya. In addition, the highway is regarded as a reliable route, connecting Kenya with Ethiopia and Tanzania in the north and south, respectively. The new highway is also beneficial to the student community, by facilitating a reliable transportation system. Additionally, the project is of great value to transport operators, dairy and horticultural farmers and traders by linking them directly to their markets.