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Kampala Infrastructure Expansion Project Gets Cabinet Endorsement

The Project is intended to improve service delivery in Kampala with enhanced focus on upgrading and expanding the road network in the city. It will involve expanding and improving the road network, improving linkages between city suburbs, reducing congestion and easing movement of people and business.

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The second phase of the Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project is expected to commence soon following a cabinet endorsement.

 

This comes after cabinet approved a request to borrow US Dollars 175 million from the International Development Association of the World Bank. The project will be implemented by Kampala Capital City Authority.

 

The Project is intended to improve service delivery in Kampala with enhanced focus on upgrading and expanding the road network in the city. It will involve expanding and improving the road network, improving linkages between city suburbs, reducing congestion and easing movement of people and business.

 

Information and National Guidance Minister Rose Namayanja says government is also aiming towards having a safer city with reduction of health hazards and accidents associated with poor drainage, flooding and pollution.

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Namayanja stresses that government feels they need to urgently improve and expand infrastructure in Kampala due to an increasing population with complex needs and a growing number of vehicles on the city’s roads.

 

The Project comes at a time when Kampala is grappling with infrastructure challenges.

For instance out of the city’s over-all 1,200km road network, only about 360km making up 30percent are paved and 840km which makes 70% are unpaved, in murram or gravel state.

KCCA is still struggling with what is becoming an increasingly expensive and unsustainable way to maintain the numerous murram and gravel roads, particularly in the city’s emerging suburbs.

 

According to the World Bank Information document the City lacks the capacity to carter for every increasing in-migration.  It was noted that the levels of service delivery in key sectors such as roads, drainage, solid waste management, housing; green parks, education and health in Kampala are overwhelmed by ongoing flow of migration.

 

Kampala has a rapid growth of over five percent per annum. The Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area is estimated to have around 3.15million persons while Kampala City has about 1.53 million people.

It is noted that on average, about one million people from outside the city come to Kampala daily to transact businesses.

 

This kind of situation will require comprehensive, strategic and transformative investments to be undertaken in order to improve Kampala’s comparative advantage with other cities in the region.

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