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Operators decry "poor" planning for transport woes

28 January 2014, 11:35

Nairobi - Public transport operators have cited poor planning on the part of authorities as the major cause of traffic congestion in the city of Nairobi.

The snarl-ups cost the country billions of shillings annually.

Simon Kimutai, an official from the Matatu Owners Association, stated that the traffic jams caused by alleged poor planning on the government’s part had forced Matatu operators to hike fares so as to compensate for the time wasted in the long jams.

“This city (Nairobi) was built and the planners did not know that we would be holding million plus of people and very many vehicles coming in and out of Nairobi,” said Kimutai.

Kimutai further noted that commuters wasted a lot of time and money in the traffic jams, which translated in to the slow economic growth experience in the country. 

“Money and time wasted are wasted as a result of poor planning,” added Kimutai.

The government has been on the forefront trying to ease traffic congestion in the city by way of establishing traffic lights to control motorists in various parts of the city.

The government has also been setting up sub-stations and encouraging citizens to use the rail transport that eases the movement of passengers in and out of town.

The recently-launched Syokimau and Makadara subway stations are part of schemes the government has instituted to address traffic congestion.

– CAJ News

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