Bomet Town will benefit directly from the on-going construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) with a sub-station planned for the area.Speaking in Bomet Town, Dr Samwel Tororei, a commissioner with the National Land Commissioner said SGR will ease transportation of goods and passengers in the region. Accompanied by engineers from the Kenya Railways, the commissioner made the disclosure while paying a courtesy call on Bomet Governor Dr Joyce Laboso.
The governor pointed out that the county government will sensitise residents on the benefits of setting up a substation in the county. She said that Kenya Railway should sensitise area residents adequately through public participation to avoid resistance from landowners leading to delays.
“The people of Bomet should be told the benefits of the project and business opportunities coming up with the project,” she said adding that the construction of a substation in Bomet will go a long way in enabling the region’s residents to transport their goods, especially farm produce to the market in good time. She said the residents need to seriously consider expanding their investments in horticulture and dairy sectors as transportation of goods to markets in Nairobi and Mombasa will be easier and cheaper. “We have an idea of where the SGR will pass and the proposed sites for sub-station. This is an exciting moment for the residents,” Dr Laboso said.