State gives no­tice to ac­quire land for the Laps­set cor­ri­dor

The Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion says the government plans to ob­tain land for the project in Lamu, Garissa, Laikipia, Meru, Isi­olo, Baringo, Turkana and Marsabit coun­ties

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About 9,225 acres in eight coun­ties will be ac­quired for the de­vel­op­ment of the be­hind-sched­ule Sh2.5 tril­lion Lamu Port South Su­dan-Ethiopia Trans­port in­fra­struc­tures, the government has an­nounced.

The Kibaki-era project, whose de­vel­op­ment has been de­layed by about four years, will be Kenya’s sec­ond trans­port and eco­nomic cor­ri­dor af­ter the north­ern cor­ri­dor on com­ple­tion.

The Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion has, in the lat­est gazette no­tice, is- sued a no­tice to ac­quire land for the con­struc­tion of var­i­ous projects planned along the ex­pan­sive Lamu cor­ri­dor.

“The Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion on be­half of Laps­set Cor­ri­dor De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity gives no­tice that the government in­tends to ac­quire ...the piece of land de­picted by and fall­ing within the co­or­di­nates travers­ing .. (the cor­ri­dor),” the com­mis­sion’s chair Muham­mad Swazuri says, cit­ing Land Act No 6 of 2012. “The cor­ri­dor will be used to de­velop in­fra­struc­ture and as­so­ci­ated an­cil­lary fa­cil­i­ties.”

The land to be ac­quired is in Lamu, Garissa, Laikipia, Meru, Isi­olo, Baringo, Turkana and Marsabit coun­ties.

Among the projects to be put up in the cor­ri­dor in­clude Lamu in­ter­na­tional air­port, which will take 2,409 hectares, Lamu re­sort ( 470 hectares), Lamu in­dus­trial zone and Isi­olo in­ter­na­tional air­port ( 1,477 hectares), and Isi­olo re­sort city which will oc­cupy 5,012 hectares.

About Sh10 bil­lion has been al­lo­cated to the project in this year’s bud­get, pre­sented to Par­lia­ment in June.

The mega project also com­prises a 32-berth port at Lamu, trans­port hubs for rail­way, high­ways and the in­ter­na­tional air­ports in Lamu, Isi­olo and Lod­war. It will also have an oil pipe­line from the oil-rich Lo­kichar Basin in South Turkana and a re­fin- ery at pro­posed Lamu port.

The con­struc­tion of the first three berths at the pro­posed Lamu port has started af­ter the deep­en­ing of the dock­ing area for ships by 17.5 me­tres kicked off a fort­night ago.

“Dredg­ing has started. A 10,000-tonne class ves­sel is on site and the dredg­ing will take two years,” Trans­port PS Irungu Nyak­era told the Star on Oc­to­ber 17.

The government has al­ready built Laps­set headquarters at a cost of Sh866 mil­lion, and a po­lice sta­tion.

The NLC, which is ac­quir­ing the land on be­half of the government, has in­vited the con­cerned per­sons to in­spect the plans at its of­fices in Ardhi house.

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