16 January 2013

Gambia: No Garage Up to the End of 2012 -What Has Happened to GNTCA's Promise?

It could be recalled that the issue of a Central car park which was published by Foroyaa emanated from the complaints made by the residents of Lamin, Bunjulunding and the catchment areas that, drivers plying between Brikama and Serrekunda do refuse to take passengers travelling on the said route even though vehicles pass through their villages.

During that interview, the GNTCA national field coordinator, Mr. Alieu Ngum said, the problem between the said residents and the drivers has been a long standing issue. He said it could only be addressed if there is a central car park in Serrekunda. He further indicated that his association has been in consultation with the Kanifing Municipal Council and the ministry of Trade to locate a suitable place for the garage, and further promised that before the end of 2012 the issue of central garage would be solved.

However, Mr. Ngum was recently consulted on the issue but said they could not meet their promise due to lack of suitable location, noting that they have identified so many places for the garage but it was not possible due to either the size of the location or the accessibility.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ngum revealed that recently they had a meeting with the said council and have come up with the Buffer Zone as the only suitable place for such a garage to be able to accommodate all the vehicles going to the various destinations. According to him, if that is done the issue of of refusing to pick passengers would be solved because every destination would have its own garage.

Mr. Ngum finally appealed to the drivers and the entire commuters to be patient as they are waiting for the KMC to give them the approval for the Buffer Zone as the proposed garage.

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