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Title: The impact of road transport on the development of market centres and business establishment a case study of Nkubu Thuchi road in Meru District Kenya
Authors: Nyokabi, Jacqueline Muchori
Keywords: The impact of road transport on the development of market centres and business establishment a case study of Nkubu Thuchi road in Meru District Kenya
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Egerton University
Abstract: This study concerns the impact of Nkubu-Thuchi road on the growth of market centres and business establishments in part of Meru and Tharaka -Nithi Districts. The study’s objectives were as follows: a) to trace the historical development of Nkubu-Thuchi road, b) to assess the impact of re-alignment of the Nkubu-Thuchi road on business establishments. This study therefore provided answers to the following questions I a) what changes have occurred on the Nkubu-Thuchi road, b) what is the trend in the development of market? and, c) what is the impact of this road on business establishments? Data were collected from primary and secondary sources to address the above issues in both old and new markets. A combination of stratified and random sampling procedures were used to select a sample of markets and business establishments. . _ '. Purposive sampling was used to select a sample of infonnal interviews. The major findings of this study can be summarised as: Nkubu- Thuchi road has developed since 1920, this road does not form a network, the main road and other feeder roads are poorly maintained ; this road has opened up the area for development , it has led to mushrooming of some market centres e.g. Pacha Annex , has killed businesses within the old markets, has led to closure, re- location and diversity of business establishments within the old markets and some business premises have been converted to residential places . From the results of this study , it is therefore concluded that Nkubu-Thuchi road has led to opening of the area for development. At the same time, however, it has led to 1 decline of market centres , business establishments and the general development of the region. Another conclusion is that without improvement in transport , the market centres cannot develop. It is therefore recommended that attention should be focused on up-grading of the old main road and other feeder roads within the study area. If this is done, the old markets are likely to develop and contribute towards bridging inequality between rural and urban areas.
URI: http://41.89.96.81:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/3233
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