Nairobi, May 31: This 31st May will be remembered by all the Kenyans and will make them proud forever. Today the largest infrastructure project after Kenya’s independence has been inaugurated in the country. The brand new railway will run from the capital, Nairobi, to the port city of Mombasa. This new railway will transform the transportation scenario of the country. With the transportation, it will also boost the tourism of the country.
The new train has been named Madaraka Express. The project is built with a loan from China costing almost $3.3 billion. The new connection will link a large part of East Africa to a major port on the Indian Ocean. This will also help to develop the trade relation between Africa and China. More than a century ago, British made a railway connecting Lake Victoria with the port city of Mombasa. 660 miles of the old line will be replaced by the new one.
Along with time, transportation cost will also be reduced. Travelers initially have to pay Sh900 for economy and Sh3, 000 for business class. By road, this journey takes 9-10 hours whereas new railway 4.5 hours. The first phase of the big project will help the connectivity of Kenya's landlocked neighbors Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan to Mombasa.