Shafik Kisaka, the Chairman Kiyembe Stage on Nakawa-Ntinda Road is concerned about the trees that have been cut down. Estimated at 70 years and above, over 30 huge trees have been cut down and more earmarked for cutting to permit for the expansion.
The expansion of Nakawa-Ntinda Road that has
seen several huge trees cut down sparking mixed reactions from residents and
people operating around the road.
The 2.82 km Nakawa-Ntinda Road will
be expanded to a dual carriage way with two lanes on each
side, walkways on both sides, solar Street Lighting, covered drains and
signalization of Junction. Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA is implementing the
project under the World Bank funded Kampala Infrastructure Institution
Development Project- KIIDP 2.
China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Ltd is undertaking the project work. Paulo Mutema, a Boda boda rider has welcomed the road expansion,
saying the road has been narrow and risky considering the many cars and Boda
Bodas that uses it.
He says although the construction has brought inconvenience
to the traffic flow and the environment, it is bearable since it is for the
Shafik Kisaka, the Chairman Kiyembe Stage on Nakawa-Ntinda
Road is concerned about the trees that have been cut down. Estimated at 70
years and above, over 30 huge trees have been cut down and more earmarked for
cutting to permit for the expansion.
The trees are cut into logs and taken to Naguru-
Nakawa barracks just off the main road. Kisaka says KCCA should have
replaced the trees before cutting them down for the sake of the environment.
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A resident who only identified himself as George is furious
about the cutting down of trees. He says KCCA has not told them of any plans to
replace the trees yet it is crucial.
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George says that rather than expand roads, Uganda needs a
proper decongestion plan for Kampala. He argues that the roads are overwhelmed
by the number of motor vehicles that use them and emphasis should be put on
reducing the numbers.
George says government needs to develop other
areas, provide quality services and create jobs in those areas such that people
find no need to come to Kampala.
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Another resident also complains about tree cuts adding that
they should have planted more before cutting down the trees.
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Another Boda Boda rider says that while the development is
good, he is worried they might lose their stage that is currently house under
three earmarked for cutting. They have not been asked to leave but their stage
is in the space already leveled for expansion.
He says they might have to
relocate briefly as they seek means to resume operating in the road reserve
that could be cleared during construction.
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The construction of the road is expected to last 18 months.
KCCA listed 32 roads for construction at the start of 2018 that had been
earmarked including John Babiiha Avenue, Port Bell Rd Nakawa Junction PortBell
Pier Nakawa, Old Port Bell / Spring Rd Wampewo Roundabout, New Port Bell
Road Nakawa, Kulambiro Ring road, Lukuli-Nanganda among others.
to KCCA, for every tree they have cut down during the construction, more three
shall be planted.