|An artists impression of Nairobi Railway city|
KENYA RAILWAYS Corporation, KRC, has been mandated to develop its large holding of real estate country-wide into Railway cities. This will help speed up the growth of some Railway towns into cities. Initially it proposes to develop Railway cities in
and Voi. The corporation proposes a string of investment plans to attract the
private sector into the proposed Railway cities. Mombasa
A transactions advisor is already on the ground studying the various investment options. Among the proposed options are; PPPs through Build operate Transfer (BOT) land leases, franchises and Joint-Ventures. The advisor is expected to complete his study in six months time and recommend the investment options-mix suitable for each town.
A Railway city can be defined as an urban development that grows around a railway station and linked to it. The station is the nerve centre of the city due to ease of transportation of people and goods.
The developments in the proposed cities will include; ultra modern Railways stations, direct Rail links with the international airport in the host city, commercial buildings, an industrial park, shopping arcades, malls and restaurants among other facilities. The project is designed to complement the facilities in the cities but in some instances the Railway cities will provide the only cities worth writing home about.
The plan is part of a wider plan by the corporation to develop its real estate holdings in the country into Railway cities. More than 400 acres spread across the country are ear marked for the initial project, that begins at the Indian ocean coast and ends at the shores of
|Mombasa Railway City as conceived by Artists|
This is no accident as
the Kenyan Capital is centrally located for rail transport to any part of the
country and also across the borders to and the great Lakes region. . Uganda
The fourth largest city in Africa,
is hosts a string of international companies and organizations such as the
headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat.
It is also the main coordinating headquarters for the United Nations in Africa
and the Nairobi Middle East.
|An artist's impression of Kisumu City|
The megacity will be connected to
, JKIA, by a
direct railway line. Other facilities are: a variety of Commercial buildings; a
Business park for light manufacturing/assembly; two Hotels with conference
facilities for 3000 people; Shopping arcades, malls and restaurants and an Jomo
Airport ; Ultra Modern railway Station and Parking
silos. The city, says the corporation, is a viable commercial venture for there
is a huge demand for a development that integrates transport, exhibitions,
hotels, leisure, conference and commercial facilities “under one roof,” so to speak. entertainment Park
Kisumu is the third largest City in
and the second most important after Kampala in
the greater Lake Victoria basin. It is within
easy reach of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi,
Northern Tanzania and Southern Sudan, making
it a natural hub for trade and transport in the East African region.
Kenya Railways has 75 acres of prime land stretching from the Centre of Kisumu City to the shores of
Lake Victoria. This is where
the Railway city will be built.
The railway city will open up Kisumu city to the world. Apart from the usual Railway services, the city will enhance Kisumu’s status as the transport and commercial hub of the great lakes region. The development will include; a variety of Commercial buildings; Business park for Light manufacturing/assembly; two Hotels with conference facilities for 2000 people, a shopping arcade, malls and restaurants; a BPO park; an entertainment Park; Ultra Modern railway Station Parking silos. The city will make Lake
a base for cruise tourism and international water sports. It will provide a
direct railway Link to Victoria which is ten
minutes away. Kisumu