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Sakaja intervenes over car-free days exercise

Senator Sakaja issues proposal over exercise

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja

Nairobi Senator Johson Sakaja on Wednesday held a meeting with the Ministry of Transport over the proposed car free days exercise.

Through a tweet, Sakaja stated that he had requested the parties involved to withdraw the exercise to facilitate a proper planning.

“Held consultations with the Ministry of Transport, The Nairobi Traffic Commander, Nairobi County Govt and hawkers representatives on the proposed “car-free” days. I have advised them to put off the exercise to allow for better planning and proper public participation,” read the tweet.

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The exercise is set to commence on Friday as a pilot programme that will see certain roads in Nairobi CBD closed.

Harambee Avenue, City Hall Way, Taifa Road and Mama Ngina Street are set to be closed as the first BRT bus is anticipated to arrive in a bid to decongest the city.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia on Tuesday, had announced that the roads will be closed between 8am and 4pm.

No cars in the CBD

The government on Monday had pointed out that the new directive will set aside Wednesdays and Saturdays as the car-free days to facilitate the incorporation of the BRT system.

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Macharia had explained that the proposal was a means to decongest the capital.

He further highlighted that the new system will enable resident of Nairobi develop a culture of using public transport.

The new structure to be adopted, is already used in various cities that encourage motorists to not use their vehicles in some areas.

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