The long-awaited Muhima Bus Terminal which is expected to accommodate all commuter minibuses operating within Kigali City centre will be operational effective December, The New Times can report.
Kigali City Mayor, Aisa Kirabo Kacyira confirmed the development Thursday in an interview with the press, shortly after her tour of several development projects in the city.
“Traffic management is a problem we are currently experiencing in Kigali City, but we are now implementing immediate solutions,” Kirabo said.
“We agreed with the area (Muhima) developers that part of the site meant for the Taxi Park will be complete and operational by December,” Kirabo added.
The Muhima project, situated at the former Kigali Central Police Station, dubbed ‘Downtown Development Ltd’, is being developed by Doyelcy Developers Ltd, who are also developing the Kigali City Tower and implemented by FBW–Engineering and Architects, a Ugandan firm.
The multi-million dollar project which will also include shopping malls, plaza and apartments will have a park with capacity to accommodate 507 cars; with 169 minibuses and 145 buses.
Statistics in Kigali City Council indicate that 1,180 public commuter vehicles operate in the city.
By March this year, both private and public cars in the city had risen to 60,000 from 22,000 since 1994, increasing vehicle volumes and causing traffic problems.
Kirabo said that half the roads in the city centre had been turned into parking yards which also added on the traffic jam.
The Muhima terminal will also act as a parking yard for private cars and all special hire taxi.
The Master Plan, Kirabo said, requires every building to have its own parking yard which she said will also solve the traffic problem in the city.