An ambitious plan by the county government of Nairobi and the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) could ease traffic congestion in the city.
Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja and KURA are set to implement a Ksh16 billion project to ease traffic jam in the city.
Should the plan work, Nairobi then will be home to the intelligent transport management Center to be located along Mombasa Road near City Cabanas.
"We want to deploy smart technology to ensure order in our transport sector, It makes no sense to have working traffic lights yet the movement of vehicles is still manually controlled," the county boss noted.Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja and other leaders on Tuesday, September 20, 2022
The multi-billion project will be funded by the South Korean Government to ensure better roads for Nairobi residents.
It will sit on a 10-hectare piece of land and will incorporate the use of traffic cameras and sensors to ease traffic congestion.
In addition, it will synchronize data to provide uniform data at 100 new junctions in addition to the existing traffic lights.
"Meeting with KURA DG Kinoti and the team to discuss areas of collaboration between my administration and KURA on our roads and traffic management," Sakaja remarked.
During the meeting held on Tuesday, September 20, the team discussed ways to identify and fine offenders and also manage the traffic menace in the capital.
KURA DG Silas Kinoti, called upon police and other relevant authorities to contain vandalism and theft of road infrastructure. According to the DG, this is a menace that cripples transport in the city.
In addition, Sakaja pledged to work with the relevant road agencies to handle obstacles experienced in the transport sector in Nairobi.
"I will call a multi-sectoral meeting to find ways in which various government agencies can work together to deal with challenges in the transport sector," the governor declared.
The new county boss was also set to introduce a new parking system to replace the existing platform implemented by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).File photo of traffic jam experience in NairobiFile
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