Murimi Mutiga @murimimutiga
Commuters may have to wait a little longer to enjoy the planned car cable services connecting Mombasa island to the South Coast,
The Sh5.8 billion project connecting Likoni with the island has been caught in a land tussle between Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) and Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA).
This is after the authority rejected plans by KFS to set up the mainland cable car substation on sections of the Likoni-Ukunda road. The main station will be on the Mombasa Island side. KeNHA is demanding compensation for the land before the project is allowed to start.
Bakari Gowa, KFS managing director said the tussle has forced the agency to reschedule the ground-breaking ceremony for the car cable transport project which was to be done next month until all issues regarding site for the project are resolved.
The agency which provides transport from the mainland to the island is also considering seeking a compulsory land acquisition approvals from Ministry of Lands and National Land Commission for the project and expansion of commuter and motor vehicle landing area.
However, Gowa said the project is on course and all underlying issues which could delay kick-off are being sorted out through engagement and discussions, adding: “There is no cause for alarm, we want to sort out all land issues with KeNHA.” He also said the project is waiting Cabinet approval.
The Likoni Cable Express will be an ultramodern cable car system that will provide innovative passenger transport solution at the Likoni crossing channel.
It will be put up under the Public-Private Partnership, granting exclusivity to a Consortium, Likoni Cable Express Ltd under the Build-Own-Operate- Transfer model. KFS has already signed a 25-year concession agreement with Trapos Ltd, the project development sponsor.