Kenya: Landowners to reap billions as Government plans to construct bus terminal

Landowners to reap billions as Government plans to construct bus terminal. [Image: Courtesy]
NAIROBI, Kenya — Property and land owners in Ngara are expected to receive billions of shillings following government’s plans to construct a new public transport terminal in the area.

According to a gazette notice dated Friday May 31, the planned acquisition would affect five major landowners whose main lands measure about three acres.

“In accordance with sections 112 and 162 (2) of the Land Act (No. 6 of 2012), the NLC on behalf of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) notifies that the national government intends to acquire the following parcels of land required for the construction of the Globe Roundabout Transit Terminal,” National Land Commission (NLC) Chairman Gershom Otachi

Among properties affected include Kenya International Hotel which is owned by James Mwangi, a billionaire entrepreneur.

Sections of Grogan area which has been a subject of dispute between mechanics and Jamia mosque will also be acquired.

The Construction of a new terminus is part of an ongoing process to relocate Public Service Vehicles from the Central Business District.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Service is in the process of building several termini in the outskirts of Nairobi with the hope of easing traffic in the city.

Termini earmarked for launching include Muthurwa, Fig Tree, Desai, Park Road, Workshop Road, Bunyala Road and Green Park.

NMS is also planning to build walkways and bike lanes so as to encourage walking and cycling.

Walkways and bike lanes will be constructed along Kenyatta Avenue, Wabera and Muindu Mbingu streets in downtown Nairobi.

NMS is also relying on its Mass Rapid Transport plan which includes commuter train services to solve perennial congestion in the capital city.

In September, NMS CEO Mohamed Badi announced that public service would be moved from city centre to the new termini.