Standard Gauge Railway-Which way Kenya? Feb 18, 2014 13:22:08 GMT 3
Post by OtishOtish on Feb 18, 2014 13:22:08 GMT 3
Only sort of. The more I educate myself on the matter, the more I find it to be odd. EAC's own consultants say that 60 kph on existing lines should be more than enough. So why the standard gauge?
How that can be bad for the nation, I don't know as it seems to increase the footprint of railroad tracks, at least on paper.
My economics are largely limited to small-scale stuff, i.e. household matters. For those, I don't spend on the basis of "how can that be bad?". Instead I look into affordability and benefits. There are many things that "can't be bad", but we do not do them on that basis.
Imagine the spill over effect to the small towns connected by the new rail system, potential jobs created, ease of trade, etc.
Well, if it's just imagination, why not? Still, my own preference when it comes to large expenditure is to see numbers crunched; imagination is sometimes not a good guide.
Are we criticizing the build simply because it's perceived to be Uhuru's baby or are there genuine concerns that it will be too costly for the nation. Without anything similar to compare to in terms of build costs, the jury's still out on this one...
Not me; I am simply curious. In fact, I my curiosity about the project was aroused only when I started to enjoy the comedy of the eating arrangements, e.g. with the two CRBCs. Even the cost does not concern me, as it is Kenyans who will have to pay for it.
On comedy ... the Vision 2030 SGR link you provided is great. Just three powerpoint slides? And one labelled "benefits" is completely blank? The other two "slides" seem to have taken all of 10 seconds. Surely, some "hardworking" civil servant could have been found to spend 5 seconds on some "benefits" ...
Oh, the two-line "objectives" one is pretty good ... I wonder how long that one took. The in-house magazine too isn't bad. It states that
"As part of the Corporation’s commitments to transform the railway transport sector, it has signed an agreement with China Road and Bridge Corporation for the construction of first section of the Standard Gauge Railway line from Mombasa to Nairobi. The rail is expected to reach Nairobi in 2014."
(Said document was produced in late 2012 before any work had started).
I see you're still insisting that we should stick to our existing infrastructure whilst forgetting there's a whole bunch of opportunities opening up in the north of the country.
Far from it; all I am doing is wondering why you don't stick with the existing one.