Taxi Tales: When is the refurbished New Taxi Park opening doors to the public?
Posted Sunday, October 27 2013 at 00:00
When can we use the renovated New Taxi Park? Will the taxis that travel my route still be allowed in the New Taxi Park? I have seen a few photos of the transformed park and I cannot get out of my mind how much it reminds me of a basketball court. Or how much smaller it looks than it was before.
The New Taxi Park looked much older than the Old Taxi Park before it was closed for reconstruction in 2012. It did not just look like its name suggested. If you had a choice on a rainy day, you would rather go to the Old Taxi Park than the new one because the old one was less muddy.
Going through both parks on rainy days was like wading through cattle kraals. For the Old Taxi Park, it is getting worse. The New Taxi Park must be different now that it is all paved. At least the photos I saw and the news footage suggest that mud is outlawed there.
With November not too far away, daily rains; the New Taxi Park would be my park. Yeah, I have heard some of the new rules that come with the ‘new’ New Taxi Park and I find some of them annoying. I will miss the roving vendors who would come to your taxi window while you were waiting for it to fill up.
Yes, I bought a wrist watch once that did not last a week from such a vendor. I have a friend who bought “fake” airtime from a vendor. But these are the same people who remind you to buy a success card for your little siblings or kins who are sitting for their examinations when it has slipped out of your mind.
Late in the night, they must have saved many a life as they peddled the “harder” goods: from vodka sachets to Life Guard packets. But all that should be gone in the New Taxi Park, from what I hear. This is because there will be no roving vendors, no food vendors and the number of taxis allowed in will be limited.
It is going to be a bit strange to see a taxi park in Kampala that empties out by midnight. Especially as the Old Taxi Park has become like Oasis Mall: 24 hours operational. But I still want to check it out. I have missed that part of my Kampala.