Mutindwa stalls demolished after train-bus crash
05 November 2013, 10:35
Nairobi - The government would continue demolishing structures along railway lines if they posed danger to motorists crossing railway lines.
The warning came on Tuesday after kiosks along the railway line in Mtindwa area were destroyed so as to increase visibility of the line by motorists.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure Eng. Michael Kamau had earlier stated that all the kiosks along the structure would be destroyed if the owners did not take them down.
“We will demolish all the kiosks along the Railway line to increase visibility of the Railway line by motorists crossing the Railway line,” Eng. Kamau said.
The exercise on Tuesday was conducted under tight police supervision as there were fears that the kiosk owners would resisted the destruction.
The move to destroy the structures was a safety measure the government undertook following a tragic accident that involved a train and a bus at a railway terminus in Nairobi last week.
The accident resulted in 12 fatalities and left scores of other passengers injured.
The accident was partly blamed on invisibility caused by structures constructed along the railway line.
The road safety precaution comes at a time when stakeholders in the roads industry are urging the government to make driving a diploma course.
Every year, more than 3 000 people die in Kenyan roads. The setback is blamed on bad roads and negligent driving.
– CAJ News