Transport docket gets Ksh 270B in budgetary allocation

Transport docket gets Ksh 270B in budgetary allocation

The transport and infrastructure sector is one of the biggest beneficiaries in the 2016/2017 fiscal year after the government allocated it Ksh 270 billion to finance ongoing projects including road, port and airport constructions.

The Standard Gauge Railway project has been allocated Ksh 154.4 billion in this year’s budget, up from Ksh 118.1 billion last year.

Further explaining the 270 billion shillings, Treasury CS Henry Rotich said that the government will prioritize construction of the East Africa road network.

“The government will continue to enhance road networks in the country, to boost productivity and ease transportation,” said Rotich

The Nairobi- Naivasha rail construction will also begin in this financial year.

Rotich intimated plans to position the Eldoret Airport as a hub in a bid to receive big cargo planes as well as upgrade the Malindi, Isiolo, Lokichogio and Suneka airstrips.

According to the Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, focus in the next financial year will be to roll out the 10,000 kilometer road annuity program in an effort to improve the country’s road network.

Kenya’s infrastructure spending over the next one-year will also trickle to water and air transport.

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Story By Wangui Ngechu
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