The development of the proposed Sh 28billion Nairobi Railway City will soon begin after the Nairobi City County Executive Committee chaired by Governor Mike Sonko ratified the declaration of the Special Planning Area for the Central Railway Station and its environs.
The cabinet resolution is part of the ratification of the deed of Transfer of functions from the County Government to the national government.
The deed of transfer of functions takes effect 21 days from the date of gazzetement, meaning that the national government will by tomorrow (Tuesday) start executing the functions transferred.
Governor Sonko confirmed that part of the budget for the same has been approved and that the committee that will take over the functions will spell out the details.
“The Committee approved the request for the preparation of a budget to meet part of the cost of preparing the development plan,”
The Railway City will be situated on 425 acres of land, and will provide an expanded Central Business District through the provision of an inclusive central economic zone, integrated multi-modal hub and iconic urban space upon completion.
It is estimated that the project will create over 200,000 new employment opportunities.
Sonko emphasized the need to ensure that the project kicks of as planned because it will have a big economic impact to the country.
Lands CECM Kerich had put out a notice declaring the project target area as a special planning area.
Some of the changes that will come along with the project is the turning of Wakulima market into a park while the coffee mill at KPCU will be rehabilitated.
Also on the cards is the establishment of a residential area of around 28,000 people at Landimawe and Industrial Area.
The education sector will also benefit, with the Technical University of Kenya certain to be turned into a Techno Research and Development Institute.
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