KAMPALA – Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has announced that the city Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) section will be opened to the public in March.
Construction of the 2km road section, which starts from Luwum Street down to Namirembe Road, up to Berkley (Bakuli) Junction, began in April 2018.
Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala on Monday, February 3, 2020, KCCA acting executive director Andrew Kitaka said the corridor will boost business in the city since more pedestrians will be able to access shopping malls.
“The corridor will not only offer relief to pedestrian and cyclists but also increase sales and income for businesses who will attract buyers because of an organized, safe and pleasant shopping experience. Car use and air pollution will be controlled,” he said.
Mr Kitaka added that a few vehicles will be allowed through the section to deliver goods at night and early morning.
“No street vendors, taxi touts or bodabodas will be allowed in the area. Only licensed businesses, buyers and citizens and guests of Kampala city will be allowed to operate in this area. KCCA shall work with its enforcement team and Uganda Police Forces to ensure businesses operate smoothly,” he said.
Mr Kitaka said they will put sign posts at junctions to guide traffic. He further revealed that the corridor will have wider green spaces for recreation, street benches and shades for shoppers, and green paths to encourage waling as a way of living healthy.