The Sh50 million Komarock bus terminus in Matungulu sub county, Machakos is complete and ready for handing over to the government.
According to Engineer Cyrus Gitau from the Nairobi Metropolitan Services who supervised the World Bank funded project, all the necessary amenities which had delayed the handing over and utilization of the park have been put in place.
“The facility now is ready for handing over to the government so that Public Service Vehicles can move away from the roadsides and pick or drop passengers here,” Eng. Gitau said.
He was speaking when he conducted government officials led by the Machakos County Commissioner Fredrick Ndunga and the Director of Trade and Safety in the Machakos County Government Ms. Jackline Mauta on a guided tour of the new facility.
Others in the tour included the Matungulu Deputy County Commissioner Mohammed Abbas, the chairman of Koma Rock Ranching and Farming Society Bernard Maembe, the chair Koma Rock Business Community Anthony Mutungi, the County Director for Housing John Nderitu and Koma town chief Thomas Mutua among others.
With a capacity of 50 PSVs at one time, the modern facility also hosts several shops, a borehole with 20,000 cubic meters of water, ablution blocks and shades. Among the vehicles it will host include those plying the Machakos, Thika, Tala, Kangundo, Ruai, and Nairobi roads.
Eng. Gitau said the facility was constructed by the China Wu Yi company on an acre of land given out by the Koma Ranch and Farming Co-operative Society.
Speaking after the tour, the County Commissioner lauded all the stakeholders who teamed up to ensure the project is a reality.
He noted that once operational, the terminus would move PSVs from the road sides where they have been picking and dropping passengers, thus reducing congestion and accidents.
The County Commissioner who is also the chairman of the County Security Committee assured that adequate security would be provided at the terminus to ensure safety of users and their properties.
He however reiterated his call for members of the public to complement security agents’ work by volunteering vital information that could lead to apprehension of criminals.
He stressed that the public were the most important players in the war against crime since the criminals live among them. At the same time the administrator promised that the government would continue to provide an enabling environment for Wananchi to thrive.
“It is the responsibility of the government to create an enabling environment for both thriving business and agriculture. I therefore wish to commend the two levels of government in Machakos for working together to ensure that mwananchi is provided with all the necessary services he needs to advance him or herself economically,” he added.
Ms. Mauta lauded the NMS and the contractor for the project which she described as timely. She called on the residents to own and protect the facility.
In his remarks, Mr. Maembe urged the county government which would inherit the project to consider supplying the borehole water to the town which he said faces an acute shortage. He also urged it to respect the MOU it had signed with his society during the donation of the land.
By Justus Keesi