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Arua City Moves to Enforce New Physical Development Plan :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Arua City Moves to Enforce New Physical Development Plan

The new physical development plan for the period 2022-2040 was launched in September 2023. It was developed by the Global Green Growth Institute and Mott MacDonald with support from the European Union under “Greening Uganda’s Urbanization and Industrialization project.
An ariel view of a section of Arua city (Courtesy Photo)

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Arua City Council has embarked on the mass sensitisation of residents as it rolls out the New Physical Development Plan.

The new physical development plan for the period 2022-2040 was launched in September 2023. It was developed by the Global Green Growth Institute and Mott MacDonald with support from the European Union under “Greening Uganda’s Urbanization and Industrialization project.

Under the new physical development plan, a total of 76 kilometres of new roads have been approved to supplement the existing 206 kilometres of access roads within the City. The plan also includes inner and outer ring roads of 25.7 kilometres and 10.6 kilometres respectively to reduce traffic within the city, especially for transit vehicles.

To promote sports activities, the new plan proposes to establish playgrounds in every ward and open space in every cell. Meanwhile, at least four stadiums have also been proposed namely, Abi stadium in Obopi West cell in Odravu ward, in addition to Arua Hill, Onduparaka, and Odramacaku stadiums.

The plan also permitted two additional waste management sites to be established in Ongla in Mite ward, Nunu cell and Ombavu in Micu, all in Ayivu Division to address waste management challenges.

Meanwhile, the current Central Business District of the City has also been expanded to cover parts of Tanganyika, Awindiri, Kenya, Mvara, Anyafiyo central, Anyafiyo, and Oyoze areas among others. Arua City Mayor Sam Wadri Nyakua says that they are sensitizing the public through community baraza on the new Physical Development Plan before its enforcement.

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Bernard Atiku, the Arua City Land Board Chairperson believes the sensitisation drive will go a long way in addressing the negative perception among some city dwellers and leaders over the New Physical Development Plan.

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Amanda Ngabirano, the Chairperson of the National Physical Planning Board (NPPB) appealed to the local leaders not to relent in their role in guiding land use and development but rather ensure policies that are meant to effectively implement the new Physical development plan are enforced.

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Section III of the Physical Planning Act 2010 declares the whole country a Planning Area and brings it under planning control. This implies that all developments whether in urban or rural areas should be subjected to planning approval from either the National Physical Planning Committees as the case may be.

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