Lagos To Partner Japan On $1bn Monorail Construction
The Lagos State Government has announced its partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency to construct an urban rail line worth $1bn in the state to further boost the economy and reduce transportation hardship in the state.
The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has developed a survey on Lagos Urban Railway Development project. It is aimed at to introducing a new transportation system in Lagos State. The survey was unveiled at a seminar to engage stakeholders in Lagos. The study highlighted that the new transportation system will help mitigate traffic congestion and improve the environment. The monorail project will connect from Marina to Victoria Island and Ikoyi.
Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola made this disclosure at a workshop organised by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, in conjunction with the Japanese agency. He said the project is estimated at $1 billion, a huge percentage of which would come from the private sector.
The project is scheduled to start from Marina, Victoria Island and Ikoyi because the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state mainly comes from the axis and it constitutes major attraction for business in Lagos. He, however, noted that during the project, major existing structures will not be affected, since the middle of the roads would be used for its implementation. Compensation, he added, will be paid where structures are affected.
LAMATA Acting Managing Director Mr Iyiola Adeboye, said the project, is aimed at ensuring smooth transportation and reducing gridlock in the state. He said Lagos should have a mega city structure like it is in other countries.
Addressing the condition of transportation in Lagos Island, LAMATA Public Transport Director, Mr Gbenga Dairo said the issues affecting road networking around Victoria Island and Ikoyi were inappropriate road layout, poor traffic management, inadequate public transport and institutional obstacles.
JICA Urban Railway and Transport Planning Team Leader Mr Akiyama Yoshihiro, said the preparatory survey was based on terms of reference between JICA and LAMATA carried out last August.
He said JICA conducted its first survey on route planning/demand forecast in March – April, and as a follow up on a rough estimate of project cost review of funding policy, comparison and review of the new transportation systems, initial environmental and social considerations.
He assured the stakeholders that with or without gas supply, there will be an inbuilt generator to power the project.
He added: “The proposed route plan is approximately 15.4km and 16 stations within, connecting from Marina to British International School Way with two ways visible in both islands (Victoria Island/ Ikoyi). The basic concept of the survey is to minimise obstruction and to check for possible land acquisition that will result to good connectivity with other transport modes and Eko Atlantic City.”