The government through Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen has confirmed the introduction of road toll charges in Nairobi.
Speaking on Friday during the Kenya National Highways Authority strategic plan for 2023 to 2027, CS Murkomen noted that the government does not only have plans to expand roads in the country but also charged road users.
He continued by praising the previous government for introducing toll charges at the Nairobi Expressway and that will be the same thing on major roads within Nairobi.
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“I believe that we can toll the road from Athiriver to Namanga, I believe that it is possible to toll the road from Galleria to Rongai to Ngong and back to Karen Shopping Centre. I believe also that it is possible to expand and toll the road of Kiambu road,” said Murkomen
According to the CS, there are alternative routes from those that will be charged thus giving road users options.
“The good news is that there are so many alternative routes along this corridor that those who don’t wish to pay toll fees, we’ll give them those alternative roads,” he said.
Also discussed by the CS was plans by the government to increase the Road maintenance levy fund which now stands at Ksh 18 per liter. There are proposals to increase the levy to Ksh 23.
“If you look at the money allocated to KeNHA at 40%, I can say without fear of contradiction that KeNHA in the next 2 years will not be able to meet its responsibilities in terms of maintaining the roads to the standard they have done before,” he said
The news comes at a time when Kenyans are struggling with the increased number of taxes making the cost of living unbearable. Despite the call to cut on the taxes, the government has insisted on making them possible so as to implement major projects.