The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) has received the green light from state to construct a taxi rank worth N$2.15 million.
The new taxi rank will be able to accommodate up to 17 taxis and this facility will form part of a parking garage with 226 parking spaces reserved for the NUST community.
Parking provision and taxi rank were strategically place on the periphery of the future campus on arterial roads so as to reduce traffic flow on the smaller ones. The taxi rank is expected to be completed by June 2019.
NUST Director of Marketing and Communications, Kaitira Kandjii, said one such hub would be created on Hosea Kutako Drive and the other on the corner of Beethoven and Brahms Streets.
The latter was originally planned on Bach Street but plans were shelved as it will still be a few years until the campus has expanded to Bach Street.
Kandjii states that currently taxi-drivers pick-up and drop-off passengers haphazardly around the campus, thus creating chaos.
This has been a problem for several years and has become an ever increasing frustration to the residents of the area and the university.
“With this experience, the City of Windhoek has put more pressure on NUST to resolve this matter and despite financial constraints, the university is now finally in the position to remedy the situation by constructing the required facilities as from January 2017,” he said
Speaking to The Villager, NUST Student Representative Council (SRC) President, Oscar Mwadingi, welcomed the move as it will serve the student population better.
“Due to pressure from the municipality in regards to the parking and constructing a lot of buildings without making room, NUST was forced to make provision for the taxi rank,” Mwandingi said.
City of Windhoek (CoW) Public Relations Officer Lydia Amutenya, said
Commenting on the same segment taxi drivers in Windhoek, Michael Hasheeya and Tobias Haileko both states that, the upcoming NUST taxi rank will help in avoiding traffic congestion and chaos amongst taxi drivers.
Hasheeya noted the taxi rank will minimize the fines taxi drivers are currently getting from the traffic officers and that the rank will assist in maintaining order when it comes to getting customers at NUST.
The funding of the project is covered in the university’s development framework plan, which was commissioned in 2013. The tender for these structures has been completed and will be announced in due course.
NUST continually experiences exponential growth in the student population, thus the need for suitable facilities such as additional parking bays and a taxi rank are intensifying.
NUST in one of the two main Universities in Namibia that accepts more than 5000 students every year ranging from full time, part time as well as distance students. The University recently migrated from it former name Polytechnic of Namibia to Namibia University of Science and Technology.