Nairobi Parkway company faces toll costs resistance

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Economy

Monday September 27 2021

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The continuing constructing of the Nairobi Parkway along Mombasa highway. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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By CONSTANT MUNDA

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Summary

  • The Parliamentary Price range Region of enterprise (PBO) says in a document to lawmakers this month the conception to charge motorists toll costs is yet to derive corpulent backing from the general public.
  • The deliberate costs to be used of the Sh59 billion highway risks a public opposition — akin to the one which ended in the cancellation of a proposal for toll costs for Nairobi Southern Bypass in 2016.

A parliamentary advisory on financial affairs has warned inadequate disclosures on tolling of the Nairobi Parkway may possibly well lead on to public resistance, doubtlessly jolting govt conception to contain the Chinese contractor recover charges from charging motorists using the highway.

The Parliamentary Price range Region of enterprise (PBO) says in a document to lawmakers this month the conception to charge motorists toll costs is yet to derive corpulent backing from the general public.

The deliberate costs to be used of the Sh59 billion highway risks a public opposition — akin to the one which ended in cancellation of a proposal for toll costs for Nairobi Southern Bypass in 2016 — if more readability on pricing mannequin just will not be offered sooner than implementation, the unit claims.

“The Nairobi Parkway project has also not obtained corpulent toughen of the general public for the reason that project is shrouded with lack of appropriate kind and total knowledge disclosure and different ambiguities particularly on assumptions within the help of the 30 years’ period given to the investor and the chance mitigation measures if the assumptions fail to cope with,” analysts at BPO, which advises legislators on financial and monetary affairs, wrote in a document.

China Aspect highway and Bridge Company (CRBC) is constructing the 27.1km double-decker highway with privately-sourced funds to be recovered by toll costs by its subsidiary, Moja Parkway, that will aim the highway for nearly 30 years.

Motorists may possibly well contain the chance of using the Parkway to atomize out heavy visitors for a price reckoning on the scale of the auto and distance lined.

The highway’s contractor early September started recruiting for 36 toll attendants and two memoir clerks sooner than scheduled completion next March.

“To the general public, there may possibly be a pickle that tolls may possibly be a double tax on many motorists who are now paying for highway repairs by the fuel levy,” the Price range Region of enterprise wrote within the Price range See document for 2021/22 and Medium Term.

“An intensive sensitisation and public participation scream needs to be undertaken to take into consideration the views of the myriad of stakeholders on the fee for cash of the project, the pricing mannequin for the tolls and the toll series systems, amongst different issues.”

Motorists pay a levy of Sh18 for a litre of diesel and petrol they purchase cash which works into repairs and rehabilitation of roads by the Kenya Roads Board.

The fuel levy, which got here to power by the Aspect highway Maintenance Levy Fund Act of 1993, changed toll costs which had been introduced within the unhurried 1980s.

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