By Sandra Birungi
The revamped New Taxi Park is going to be re-opened on October 8th.
The re-opening was confirmed by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director, Jennifer Musisi. At the moment, contractors are still working and there is much anticipation with the new park. The park was supposed to be re-opened in July but management came up with new designs which led to delays.
After being opened, the park will not allow food vendors and hawkers inside as a way to “maintain hygiene and standards in the park”. The park will now accommodate close to 700 vehicles.
New Taxi park was closed last year in September for renovation due to poor drainage, congestion, among other issues. (KCCA) evicted vendors from the park. Sterling was given a period running from October 1, 2012 to July, 2013 to do the job of renovating it but there were delays.
The park has designated stages, strong lighting, waiting bays, a police post, toilet facilities, three entrances and exit points. The redeveloped park also has shelters were passengers will be allowed to wait for taxis unlike before. It will also have gazetted stages to load and off load passengers.
Sterling is also expected to start work on lock ups and shops which were surrounding the park. Musisi explained that the Authority came up with a committee of taxi drivers and stage managers who will assist KCCA in managing and controlling movement of vehicles in the park.
“We have a team of drivers and taxi stage managers who are going to KCCA responsible for inspecting the park, maintaining cleanliness and law and order in the park,” she said.