Nakuru residents woke up to their business premises being flattened as Kenya Railways reclaimed land along the busy Geoffrey Kamau Road.
Property worth millions of shillings was lost as businesses stretching at least 500 metres were destroyed.
Chaos erupted as business owners tried to salvage what was left of their businesses. Police tried to keep them away hence the morning drama.
The move is meant to make way for the rehabilitation of the Nakuru-Kisumu medium meter gauge Railway and the Sh160 Billion expansion of the Limuru-Nakuru road which starts at Lironi to Mau Summit.
Reports indicate that the business proprietors had leases of between 15 to 30 years.
But in the lease, it was indicated that Kenya Railways can repossess the land after a 90-day notice.
Some of the businesses which were only months old included night clubs, gas stations, car bazaars among others. Others were yet to open their doors.
The business owners said that they were issued with a 5-hour vacate notice which was not sufficient.
“Some youths came and marked the buildings for demolition at around 2:30 pm on Saturday and warned that the structures would be pulled down by 11:00 pm,” said Ndichu Kuria.