The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has announced the commencement of works to upgrade the Old Taxi Park from its current diplorable state.
According to information we have obtained from the Engineering Department of KCCA, Stirling Civil Engineering Ltd and Kiru General Services Ltd have been contracted to begin the work.
The upgrade, that will last some 3 months, will include excavation and disposal of the existing material, installation of underground drainage lines, rock fill, construction of new foundation layers for the carpet and surfacing of the constructed layers with asphalt concrete (tarmac).
According to the Authority, the Old Taxi Park is used by over 200,000 people everyday and as such, it is important that it is put to better standards.
“The new carpet will have markings to delineate areas for parking and for taxi and pedestrian movements. The boundaries of the park will be retained properly to prevent mud from washing onto the carpet as has been the case. There will be lighting and some waiting sheds for passengers,” a statement from KCCA said.
They however noted that incase the lockdown ends before the 3 months are done, alternative parking spaces will be used in the city to accommodate the taxis as was the case when they were constructing the New Taxi Park.