viagra 100mg geneva; font-size: small;”>All taxis have been blocked from accessing the park to allow Sterling Civil Engineering Company, more about a corporation contracted by KCCA to start “renovation works.”

KCCA officials started the eviction on Thursday morning

Officials at City Hall say the land located at the periphery of the new Taxi Park, currently accommodating the old commercial structures (lock-up shops) was subleased to an association of their owners under the name M/s New Taxi Park Lock-Up Owners Association Ltd by KCCA.

The park was “cleaned” by KCCA officials to allow the renovation exercise

This left out the carpet area measuring 3.8 acres that constitutes the current area for the taxi park.

KCCA says this carpet area is currently in a very dilapidated state and their plans to reconstruct it are in advanced stages.

Heavy equipment that will be used to raze down some structures at the Park

The association was reportedly issued with a demolition permit Ref: DPP/KCCA/1701/02 dated April 5, 2012 to pull down the existing structures to pave way for reconstruction of the carpet area and hoarding permit Ref: PLM/1209/7 April 5, 2012.

Traders packed their bags and relocated

According to condition 5 of the demolition permit, the existing tenants were given three months notice to vacate the existing old commercial structures before demolition could take place but they did not relocate.

The eviction exercise was carried out under tight security

Another reminder Ref: DPP/KCCA/1701/02 was issued by KCCA to the association requesting them to expedite demolition of the existing structures since the contract to re-construct the carpet area had been awarded to Sterling Civil Engineering Company.

Traders were told to pack their bags and quit or suffer heavy losses

“The existing old commercial structures to be demolished are partly located within the carpet area which KCCA wants to reconstruct urgently and the contractor is ready to commence works having obtained a commencement order on 13th August 2012,” said KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi last week.

“Any delays for the contractor in accessing and possessing the site for re-construction works of the carpet area will attract damages and compensations which will be costly to KCCA.”

SENSE OF HOPELESSNESS: Traders ponder on the next source of their livelihood

The relocation exercise is expected to be completed on September 30 to “allow re-development and re-construction works by Sterling Civil Engineering Company,” according to officials.

The clearing of the park started today morning

Three areas for relocation of the taxi vehicles currently operating within the dilapidated carpet area have been identified as Namirembe Road Park/Bus Terminal:

This park is intended to accommodate taxi vehicles that ply Namirembe Road and these include; Kasubi/Namugoona/Kawaala, Nansana/Busunju/Kakiri, Bunamwaya, Busega, Lungujja, Mpigi, Nsangi, Gomba, Bulo, Kayabwe, Namasuba/Zana, Nateete/Wakaliga, Entebbe/Kajjansi, Buloba, Mityana/Mubende, Hoima, Mengo/Rubaga, Masaka C/A, and Lyantonde/Mbarara.

Another relocation stage is Namayiba Park/Bus Terminal:

Those who delayed to remove thier structures were evicted

This park is planned to accommodate taxi vehicles that ply Bombo Road and these include; Nakasogola, Kikyusa, Nakaseke, Bombo, Luwero/Wobulenzi/Ngoma, Bwaise, Kawempe, Matugga, Gayaza/Mpererwe, Masindi, Gulu/Kigumba/Bweyera, Semuto/Kapeeka, Fortportal, Hoima, Kiboga and kateera.

Traders take their bags and goods from the park premises

The Kisenyi Bus Terminal/Park is set accommodate taxi vehicles plying Jinja Road and these include; Jinja, Mukono, Lugazi/Kawolo, Bweyogerere/Kireka, Kayunga/Bugerere, Kasanje.

City Hall officials say the challenge at present is the existence of a petition from the hawkers in the new Taxi Park to the Minister of Trade requesting to be given more time up to the end of December 2012 to relocate which is “quite impossible on the side of KCCA.”

KCCA officials used hammers to demolish some structures at the Park

Musisi said the lease owners were given permission to develop many months ago and are ready to start.

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