Taxi-holding facility for PMB

2016-11-30 06:00
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile At the official opening of the Brookside taxi-holding facility Msunduzi Municipality Mayor Themba Njilo (left) and Bheki Sokhela (Umgungundlovu Taxi Association chairperson).

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile At the official opening of the Brookside taxi-holding facility Msunduzi Municipality Mayor Themba Njilo (left) and Bheki Sokhela (Umgungundlovu Taxi Association chairperson).

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THE operation of the new Brookside taxi-holding facility is set to alleviate traffic congestion in downtown Pietermaritzburg and make driving easier for motorists.

The facility at the end of Berg Street and the Masukwana intersection cost an estimated R6.8 million and was officially opened on Tuesday by Msunduzi Mayor, Themba Njilo.

Speaking at the opening, Njilo said the project was initiated in 2009.

“The design for the facility was approved­ by the municipality in 2009 and infrastructure had to wait for authorisation from the Department of Public Works to give the project a go-ahead.

“The construction officially started in 2014 and has now been completed.

“This is a way the municipality is providing a blueprint for better managing­ the future of congestion in the city.”

Njilo said this is one of the municipality’s strategic plans to manage traffic to ensure it flows smoothly.

Umgungundlovu Regional Taxi Association Chairperson Bheki Sokhela said the opening of the new facility is a dream come true for taxi owners.

He said the new facility will prevent taxis from parking on the side of the road blocking traffic.

“After looking at aspects of the congestion in the city we put forward a proposal to the municipality to build this facility.

“Taxi ranks around the city are not big enough to accommodate all our vehicles.

“This causes blockage, especially in the vicinity of the ranks in East and Pietermaritz streets and it is a nightmare for tdrivers travelling to that part of the city. This facility for us has been long overdue.”

The holding facility will accommodate taxis from East Street, Imbali and Market Square ranks.

Sokhela said the association will put a plan in place to determine the operational use of the facility.

He said there will be a taxi marshal stationed there.

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