The Lagos State Government has kick started the construction of it’s red mass
The red line, which is one of the proposed seven mass transit rail lines by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Mass Transit, LAMATA will run between Marina on Lagos Island to Agbado on the mainland.
Performing the groundbreaking ceremony in Ikeja area of the State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu presented cheques ranging from one hundred and forty thousand to two hundred and sixty seven million naira as compensation to
about two hundred and sixty three landlords, tenants and business owners
whose property and businesses were affected by the project.
The Governor who promised that the rail line would commence operation by the last quarter of next year (2022) appealed to Lagosians to be patient and bear the discomfort which might arise during the construction period.
He said a number of vehicular overpasses would be constructed to ensure the comfort and maximum safety of residents
According to the Governor, the rail line which is part of the State intermodal services would lead to an efficient and sustainable transportation system that would improve mobility, promote economic growth and enhance the living conditions of Lagos residents.
“Our choices for an integrated transportation system are very clear. We would continue to search for every available means of funding for our transport infrastructure to ensure that by 2022, we would have two rail lines operational and initiate the construction of another two more lines in partnership with the private sector. Our desire is to achieve improved connectivity amongst transport modes, making commuting within Lagos easy as well as business-like for every Lagosian and visitor, reduce congestion, have predictable travel time and improve the GDP of our state.
Earlier the Managing Director of the State Transport Management Authority, LAMATA, Mrs Abimbola Akinajo said the project which is thirty seven kilometers from Marina to Agbado with the collaboration of the Federal Ministry of Transportation would be implemented in three phases and create about six thousand direct and indirect jobs.
She noted that the completion of the redline which would convey five hundred thousand passengers daily would enable residents make travel choices, improve travel time and enhance high productive time
Some of the elated beneficiaries, particularly tenants, said this was the first time the state government would compensate tenants residing in demolished buildings.
Those compensated also included corporate entities such as Ikeja Club which got Seventy eight million naira, Aquila leasing limited compensated with two hundred and sixty million naira while some individual property owners got between sixty-seven to twelve million naira and some tenants got about one hundred and forty thousand naira.