The federal government has arrange a multi-agency safety framework to handle the Sh1.9 billion Likoni floating bridge.
Inside CS Fred Matiang’i stated the framework would guarantee the protection of the folks utilizing the newly constructed bridge.
“The regional safety staff is working with all our brokers to make sure that our persons are safe as they transfer on this bridge. We’re doing the multi-agency method for functions of managing this bridge properly,” he stated.
He added that extra safety measures have been additionally being carried out to enhance safety providers across the bridge.
“A number of the measures are points that I can’t focus on with you right here, however I need to guarantee the residents of Mombasa and all different customers of the bridge to be assured of their security.
“It’s utterly on our radar screening when it comes to making certain that they’re secured as they transfer across the bridge. That is why we’ve the Coast Guard subsequent to us right here.”
He stated about 20,000 folks use the floating bridge every day and therefore “their security needs to be a matter that we’re fascinated by.”
The Nation understands that a part of the measures embody placing up a police put up on the Likoni aspect of the bridge the place residents had raised security considerations.
The 1.2km bridge stretches from Liwatoni in Mombasa Island to Ras Bofu on the Likoni mainland aspect.
The bridge has a 150-metre movable part mid-ocean, to permit for opening and shutting and ease the motion of ships out and in of the Mombasa port.
The higher part of the bridge includes lattice metal designed from prefabricated elements with a movable principal metal construction.
The bridge was developed to ease strain on the Likoni ferry channel which is utilized by greater than 300, 000 and 6, 000 automobiles every day.
Regardless of the development of the bridge, a very good variety of the Likoni residents have continued to make use of the ferries. Some residents stated the bridge was removed from the place a majority of them dwell.
To cope with the criticism, the federal government has began the development of a matatu terminal on the island aspect. The terminal is full and is awaiting to be formally launched to be used.
The bridge was constructed following proposals by the Nationwide Surveillance Programs which had raised considerations on compliance with public well being pointers on the Likoni crossing following the Covid-19 outbreak.