The delay in opening has worsened traffic jam in the city centre since most taxis now operate on streets.
The KCCA head of public and corporate affairs, Mr Daniel Nuweabine, told Daily Monitor yesterday by telephone that the renovation works are currently at 70 per cent and completion is expected by end of November.
“There is a section of the park which hasn’t been tarmacked and there is also electricity installation works which are currently ongoing and once this is done, we will unveil the facility to the members of the public. Our mandate as KCCA is to ensure that our people get better and safe working spaces and are happy that the Old Taxi Park has got a facelift,” Mr Nuweabine said.
His response was triggered by taxi operators who have since raised complaints over the delayed upgrade of the park.
They argue that the delay has worsened traffic jam in the city centre since most taxis now operate on streets. The upgrade commenced in May and KCCA indicated that the works would be complete by August. “The available taxi parks cannot accommodate all the taxis and this has created a crisis in the city centre because taxis now park anywhere and there is no orderliness at all. KCCA told us that they would upgrade the park in three months but it looks like the works will take some time and it is affecting our operations,” Mr Castro Ssekyaya, the deputy chairperson of Uganda Transporters Development Agency, said.