By DailyNewsUG Correspondent,
Work on rebuilding the Old Taxi park is in high gear, with excavation work ongoing as KCCA is engaging different stakeholders on the future of the transport hub.
KCCA Strategy for the City
-Register Boda Bodas and Taxis operating in the City
-Creating a digital data base of those operating in the City
-Gazette Parks, stages, routes and stops for taxis and Boda Bodas
-Introduce route numbers and rout colors for all the taxis
-Identification of drivers/riders to include uniforms and badges
-Introduce scheduled Bus services / Boda Boda free Zone within CBD
-Support Boda Boda riders not registered with digital Companies/Associations
In the past two days, dozens of taxi drivers, conductors and other city dwellers surrounded the park gazing as graders excavated the ground in the park and loaded soil on trucks.
While the Ministry for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs is consulting stakeholder’s including Ministry of Works and Transport, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda Police Force, the Lord Mayor, The Resident City Commissioner and the Speakers of the Authority among others, it is clear transport in the centre of the city will not be the same.
A draft technical report on how taxi drivers, Boda Boda Riders, owners of Taxi and owners of Motorcycles will operate at the old taxi park is being finalised.
When all is done, the ‘new’ Old Park will have lighting and some waiting sheds for passengers. The park will have designated entry and exit points for both vehicles and pedestrians and will have access control for vehicles to avoid queuing on the surrounding roads and congestion within the Park.
The Park will also have sanitary facilities such as toilets, an administration block and a Police Post.
In case the lockdown ends before the works are completed, KCCA shall provide alternative parking areas for the taxis as was with the construction of the New Taxi Park.