By Darious Magara & Juliet Waiswa
The New Taxi Park carpet will be ready by June, contractors carrying out the works have confirmed.
In September last year, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) evicted vendors from the park, razing all lock-up shops in the park to pave way for its redevelopment.
“Construction works are on course and we shall be ready by June to allow the other developers and the taxi operators to use the park,” Yusuf Saleh, the project manager said.
“We shall allow taxis to load and off load passengers as the contractors of the shops carry out their work,” he added.
Saleh said this on Monday while taking the KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi around the taxi park. KCCA offered Sterling Civil engineering an 18-months contract to renovate the park floor at a cost of sh4.8bn.
It provided three alternative areas where taxis are currently operating. These include Namayiba, Nakivubo and Kisenyi bus terminals.
Sterling was supposed to finish the work by July, 2013.
The Kampala city minister and minister for the presidency, Frank Tumwebaze, said the completion of the New taxi park project is one of the development agendas that the Government has lined up to revamp the status of the city.
He said they have plans, not only to improve on the physical infrastructure of the city, but also to organize the transport sector to make Kampala a beautiful city to work and live in.
The new park, when complete, will have designated stages, waiting bays, a police post, toilet facilities, three entrances and exit points.