Next month, Green Park Terminus will open for business and will accommodate long-distance public transportation. This, according to Governor Johnson Sakaja, is an effort to relieve congestion in the heart of Nairobi.
All PSV operators from upcountry will be forced to abide by the rule, Mr. Sakaja stated during a stakeholder meeting with the long-distance matatu operators.
“In Nairobi County, impunity will not be tolerated. Once we formally commission it next month, all PSV vehicles from the upcountry will be forced to terminate at the terminus, he added.
Following disputes between the various players, the Sh250 million terminus’ opening was repeatedly delayed.
The now-defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) delayed the opening of the terminus in May of this year at the last minute, citing requests for an extension from matatu operators.
Simon Kimutai, Chairman of the Matatu Owners Association (MOA), refuted the NMS’s assertions.
“We didn’t request a delay. The project was a complete disaster from the start. We were never consulted as stakeholders before the project started. When a project is forced down people’s throats, the failure is your fault, Mr. Kimutai remarked.
The government allegedly owes the Kenya Railways pension plan Sh1.2 billion after donating land for the terminus’ construction.
Other initiatives to relieve congestion in the CBD were also announced by Mr. Sakaja, including a ban on the use of unauthorized vehicles like taxis that are passing themselves off as PSVs.
Additionally, he has suspended the towing and impounding of automobiles inside the CBD.