In November 2017, the City of Kigali released the Nyabugogo Catchment Plan which aimed at promoting sustainable development of the Nyabugogo area through improved land use, traffic conditions, and better protection against the effects of floods.
The first phase of the project included the construction of Nyabugogo Bus Terminus which was estimated to cost Rwf 45 billion.
The preliminary project design plans by the Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperatives (RFTC) were to construct a 66,000 square meters five-storied complex to accommodate the new bus station.
The project was expected to start in 2018 but until now it has not yet started despite the City of Kigali constant promises that it will soon be underway.
Dr. Nsabimana Ernest, City of Kigali Vice Mayor in charge of Urbanization and Infrastructure told IGIHE that the first Master Plan was flawed but is currently being corrected.
“River Nyabarongo snakes its way through the project site further providing challenges in design and construction of structures needed to transition Nyabugogo into a modern hub. We have made a few modifications and we are confident the Master Plan will be implemented within the shortest delay.”
Redesigning Nyabugogo Bus Station aims at developing a profitable, modern and well-organized infrastructure with complement facilities where travelers can meet everything, they need during their requirement to transit to, within, around and from Kigali city in line with the Kigali conceptual master plan. The redesigned plan will incorporate a floodwater management project in the Nyabugogo catchment.
To address the problem of floods, the City of Kigali will build a water drainage system in Mpazi area in partnership with Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA) and the European Union (EU).
“Nyabugogo area is typically marked by weeds, minimal vegetation, and stagnant water. Towards the completion of the bus transit hub, we will plant more gardens and build bridges to allow pedestrians cross to the bus station without damaging the existing green areas.”
Dr. Nsabimana said that the City of Kigali will dedicate all its efforts to complete the project and that the dates of implementation will be communicated.
Throughout the rehabilitation works, the bus station will be temporarily relocated to another space. He said that the budget will also be modified to incorporate the new changes.
Nyabugogo rehabilitation is meant to cope up with the future needs of Kigali City as a modern metropolis.