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Nairobi city set for car free on Wednesday and Saturday

The Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development has proposed car-free day on Wednesday and Saturday in the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) .

The move which is scheduled for February 1, 2019 is one of the central government strategies to decongest Nairobi City.

The ministry further said that during the two days car free hawkers will be allowed to do business in the CBD. The hawkers who always engage in running battle with city askaris are among the beneficiaries of the project.

The government has also ordered for 64 Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) buses from South Africa that are set to arrive next month. The government has already marked major roads in the city like Thika Road that will be used by BRT buses.

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Late last year Nairobi city county governor Mike Sonko banned public service vehicle from the CBD. The ban that lasted for one day only due to unpreparedness to roll out the ban.

Governor Mike Sonko predecessor Evans Kidero had similar plans during his tenure but failed to implement. But this time round it seems the government is committed to reduce the congestion in the city.



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