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Relief for matatu as the renovated stage is opened

Matatu operators in Meru County can now breathe a sigh of relief after the county government reopened the main stage that was undergoing renovation.

Meru municipality manager Mbaabu Muguna told KNA that the renovation was part of the Sh116million that was set aside to uplift the face of Meru town.

He said the new stage has a capacity to hold more than 400 vehicles at a go and this will go a long way in decongesting Meru town.

“With the reopening of the renovated main bus park, we don’t expect to see any vehicle dropping or picking passengers in any other place. This has been bringing confusion in the town and we have now addressed it,” said Mr Muguna.

Meru Municipality Manager Dr. Mbaabu Muguna speaking to KNA from his office

The main bus park was opened in 1990 and has never been attended to and therefore called for renovation to address concerns of matatu operators who have been complaining following breaking down of their vehicles due to the sorry state of the stage.

“We had to put another cover of bitumen standard at the stage as well as digging a new drainage system that will effectively carry away water from this area,” said Mr Muguna.

He said they considered renovation of the stage on realisation that it opens up Meru to other counties including Isiolo, Laikipia, Nakuru, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui among serving about 50,000 people in a day who leave behind a substantial amount of money to the county.

Mr Muguna thanked all stakeholders especially Matatu owners and all those who do business at the terminus for cooperating with County officials and the contractor during the construction process.

The bus park accommodates at least 21 Saccos and 19 more have applied to be allocated a slot.

He noted that next, Governor Kiraitu Murungi’s administration will be embarking on renovation, rehabilitation, and improvement of various remaining streets including Standard Bank Street, paving, and construction of roads around Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital (MeTRH), repair of road shoulders as well as filling of portholes.

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