KAMPALA – Betty Amongi, the Minister of Kampala Capital City said that KCCA has with funding from the Government of Uganda and Uganda Road Fund and development partners, tarmacked and upgraded to bitumen standard a total of 98 roads with a total length of 137 Kms.
Amongi while presenting the ministry’s achievements in the 2016 NRM manifesto said that roads range from murrum to tarmac 54 roads with 60.12 Km and reconstructed 44 roads with 77 Kms
“KCCA continues to annually maintain over 616 kms of paved roads and maintain over 728 kms of unpaved roads,” she said.
Ongoing Road Works
The minister revealed that with funding from the World bank, is reconstructing 24 kms of road and signalise 13 traffic junctions that include;
- Dualling of John Babiha Avenue (1.45 km), Central Division
- Reconstruction of Nakawa-Ntinda Road (2.82 km), Nakawa Division
- Tarmacking of Kulambiro Ring Road/Najeera Spur (5.52 km), Nakawa Division
- Tarmacking of Kabuusu –Bunamwaya- Lweza Road (8.5 Km)
- Reconstruction of Lukuli Road (7.71Km) including signalisation of Lukuli/ Namasoole/ Kayembe junction.
She said that her ministry re-launched in 2018, the passenger train service transports over 2,000 passengers per day between Kampala and Namanve, east of the City giving a big relief to the traffic along Kampala –Jinja highway.
The minister said on Project for the Improvement of Traffic Control in the City, the ministry is using a Government of Japan Grant to GOU (USD 23 million).
“This will involve removal of roundabouts, improvements to the geometric layouts, junction improvements, reconfiguration and signalization of 30 junctions across the City and construction of Kampala Traffic Control Centre at City Hall,” she said.
She added that “This project has a duration of 24 months and commencement is being delayed by the current COVID-19 lockdown.”
Strategic Studies Undertaken to support infrastructure development
The minister highlighted the technical studies to be undertaken as follows;
- Multi-Modal Transport Master Plan for Kampala Metropolitan Area (2018). Provides the required infrastructure investments in roads, transport, and drainage management up to the year 2050.
- The Kampala Drainage Masterplan (2016). Gives short medium and long term drainage improvements priorities for Kampala.
- The Kampala roads street lighting masterplan (2019) to guide related investments.
Upcoming Road Construction Projects
Amongi said that the Kampala Road Rehabilitation Project (USD 288 million) to be financed by the African Development Bank will involve;
- a) Road construction civil works: road widening, improvements to the geometric layouts, junction improvements, pavement upgrades (civil works), NMT Infrastructure, associated landscaping and drainage works covering a total road length of 69km across the City.
- b) Introduction of scheduled Eco Bus Services
- c) Institutional Capacity to KCCA through purchase of road maintenance equipment
On the Kampala street lighting project, the minister said that with support from Agence Française de Développement (AFD), KCCA completed the feasibility study for the Kampala Lighting Master Plan.
“KCCA requires UGX 280 Billion to implement the project which will include the installation of 20,000 street lamps across the City,” she said.
On the construction of markets, Amongi said KCCA pledged to increase working places in the city by constructing more public markets and that it has implemented as the following;
- a) Procured land and completed construction of Kasubi Market for 1,500 vendors
- b) Funding proposal still being developed for Gaba, Ntinda, Bukoto and Usafi
- c) Commenced construction of Kitintale market for 2,000 Vendors
- d) Nakawa Market redevelopment under the Kampala-Jinja expressway project and to start FY 2020/21
On health care, the minister clarified that;
- Over 146% of child immunization has been recorded to-date above the National target. Kampala is now in category 1 of WHO Standard.
- 121% increase in Deliveries in Health Care Unit
- Kampala was recognized as the most improved district in TB treatment
- Renovated the following HCs; Kisugu health centre, Komamboga health centre, City mortuary, Kisenyi health centre, City Hall Clinic and Kawaala and Kitebi.
On education, the following has been achieved
- Increased school enrolment by 5%
- Constructed over 151 classrooms and renovated 61 classrooms
- Constructed 6 science laboratories.
- Distributed 240 computers
- Supplied 1,485 3-seater desks to over 22 School.
- Set up a Teachers SACCO with over 1,238 members to-date with a net worth of over UGX 2b
Amongi revealed that they have also completed construction of the 9 classroom block and a 4 unit teachers’ house at Kansanga Secondary Seed School as a Presidential pledge 2015.
“This has increased the school enrolment to over 1,600 students,” she said.
Also on Urban Physical Planning, the minister revealed that they have reduced number of days for building plan approval from 60 days (2016) to 14 days (2020).
Amongi said “166,098 properties have been assigned house numbers on 1,588 roads in the city,” adding that, “86,252 House numbers have been entered in the online database.”
She said that 2,599 Street signage faces have been installed on 1,742 sites improving navigation using GPS and online service delivery
The minister also said that 3,359 Roads have been named. 1019 in Kawempe, 959 Makindye, 765 Lubaga & 595 in Nakawa.