Ka­ji­ado res­i­dents protest SGR site noise pol­lu­tion

Business Daily (Kenya) - - COUNTY BUSINESS - Bon­face Otieno bo­tieno@ke.na­tion­media.com

Ka­ji­ado res­i­dents have protested over noise pol­lu­tion from the Ngong Hills tun­nel con­struc­tion site for the Stan­dard Gauge Rail­way (SGR) line from Nairobi to Naivasha.

The res­i­dents said they have had sleep­less nights and their houses de­vel­oped cracks due to tremors caused by dy­na­mite used to dig the tun­nel. China Road and Bridge Cor­po­ra­tion is build­ing the the Sh155.5 bil­lion line that passes through a moun­tain­ous ter­rain ne­ces­si­tat­ing build­ing of tun­nels through hills and longer bridges.

“When the pro­ject started, the gov­ern­ment told us that there would be very few ef­fects be­cause the tun­nel was sup­posed to be done through drilling,” said Joseph Choge, chair of Kibiko Com­mu­nity.

“As it has turned out, they are us­ing dy­na­mites to break the rock on the tun­nel, which is cre­at­ing tremors be­ing felt 300 me­tres away,” added Mr Choge.

He said ef­forts to en­gage the gov­ern­ment on mat­ter re­main un­suc­ce­ful.

“As we speak to­day, we don’t know whether we are go­ing to be re­lo­cated from our houses to­mor­row or not,” said Mr Lemmy Muchira, an­other res­i­dent.

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