By Haile-Gebriel Endashaw
ADDIS ABABA – Bajaj will soon resume services in Addis Ababa, sources said. The Transport Bureau of Addis Ababa City Administration disclosed yesterday that the restricted three-wheeled light vehicles, Bajajs, would soon come back into roads.
Bureau head Mitiku Asmare said in connection with the recent controversy that his Bureau has been engaged in enhancement works to improve the service provisions of Bajaj transport across the City. He also urged Bajaj owners and passengers to wait patiently until the enhancement work is finalized.
Mitiku said that the Bajaj services have resumed around areas where big public transport vehicles are not available, near communal residential quarters and the outskirts of the City. So far, the services have been expanded to eight of the eleven sub-cities in Addis, according to him.
In an effort the City administration has put forth to restart the Bajaj service, 9,950 Bajaj owners were planned to be organized under 123 associations and deployed to eight sub-cities; but many of them have not yet been registered. As the City Administration has finalized what should be done, all Bajajs will go back to work.
The City Administration restricted Bajaj transport service as of March 09/2023 in the Capital for an unspecified period.
Addis Ababa City dwellers expressed dismay saying that, “they are suffering the consequences of the measure” taken to deter the Bajaj transport service. Addis Maleda reported by approaching Addis Abebans that many areas particularly those in the outskirts of the city are facing transportation problems. Some have been forced to utilize carts pulled by horses. Others who are dependent on Bajaj for their survival are facing life-threatening problems. Some said that their income has totally stopped after the restriction.
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