Ferry customers come out of Mv Jambo at Likoni Channel in Mombasa. [Omondi Onyango,Standard].
Chaos is anticipated on the Likoni Channel right now after the Kenya Ferry Service (KFS) introduced that every one pedestrians should use the floating foot bridge at Liwatoni.
The announcement was made yesterday on the Likoni Ferry Channel by officers directing motorists and pedestrians.
KFS introduced the modifications on public tackle system on each south mainland and island ramps yesterday morning.
“From tomorrow, it’s essential to use the floating bridge and solely autos can be allowed to make use of the ferries whereas crossing,” the announcer mentioned.
KFS Public Relations officer Francis Mugomati informed The Customary they had been performing on a directive from the County Covid-19 Emergency Response Committee and so they had been able to implement the transfer.
He mentioned the pedestrians can be anticipated to make use of the floating bridge, which operates between 6am and 8am and from four.30pm to 7pm.
Since January 1 when the Liwatoni footbridge was commissioned, pedestrians have shied away from utilizing it and as an alternative crowd the ferries at Likoni Channel in opposition to Covid-19 protocols.
Scale back crowding
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The federal government constructed the bridge at a value of Sh1.9 million final yr to scale back crowding at Likoni Channel amid coronavirus unfold.
The Likoni Ferry Channel is utilized by about 350,000 passengers and 6,000 autos every day, resulting in heavy congestion, significantly throughout peak hours within the morning and night.
The county emergency response crew has issued the order for passengers to make use of the footbridge following spike in instances brought on by the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic.
For the reason that outbreak of coronavirus, security officers, together with the Kenya police, Basic Service Unit, Kenya Coast Guard Companies and personal security guards, have been deployed to manage crowds on the Likoni channel, which is among the most dangerous areas on the Coast because of the excessive quantity of passengers.
Nevertheless, the footbridge situated about one kilometre to the west of the Likoni Channel has had a low inhabitants of commuters as residents nonetheless choose to cross the channel by ferries versus strolling.
Throughout a media briefing on Covid-19 final week, Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo and Governor Hassan Joho introduced that preparations had been being made to make sure commuters use the floating bridge.