Rwanda : New city center commuter parking yard remains in doubt

 

The construction of the long-awaited public commuter terminal and commercial complex in the capital Kigali have been delayed further, weeks after work had been scheduled to start

New city center

Developers had promised to immediately begin construction after Prime Minister Dr Pierre Damien Habumuremyi visited the scene to get acquainted with the progress of the project.

According to the project developers, the US$200 million project that was supposed to be erected on the grounds of the former Kigali Central Police Station in Muhima is at a standstill because of several changes in the plans.

The first phase of the project, a public commuter terminal, was supposed to be completed this month. However, there is no activity at the construction site.

When contacted, Alphonse Nizeyimana, the Kigali Vice-Mayor in charge of Finance and Economic Development, said the designers need to modify the master plan because the one which was designed in early 2005, was in contravention of the new Kigali City Master Plan.

“We are looking at new designs that are compatible with the city master plan. Negotiations are ongoing with the developers and designers, but the changes will only affect the buildings, not the park terminal,” Nizeyimana disclosed.

Nizeyimana maintained that an ultra-modern commuter terminal, which includes drainage systems and roads that will also consist of flyovers connecting to the upper city centre, will be completed in June this year.

The news has not struck harmony with public transport operators in Kigali City who been decrying lack of ample parking space in the city centre.

The project, set on a seven hectare piece of land, will include shopping malls, a plaza, apartments, hotels, hospitals, restaurants and a commuter terminal of international standards.

Shareholders of the pack include a Ugandan millionaire Sudhir Ruparelia and his wife Jyotsna.

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