Monday June 23 2014

Abandon cable car project- KCCA told

Kampala cables cars



Kampala Capital City Authority councillors have trashed the cable cars project that the city technical team is proposing to embark on as alternative transport means to decongest traffic on Kampala streets.

During the closed door meeting, the councillors unanimously asked KCCA executive director Ms Jennifer Musisi to abandon the cable cars project and adopt “cost effective and realistic” modes of transport.

“We suggested to the technical team that instead of investing in cables cars, they should consider Trams and revival of the train transport system for Kampala that are more realistic to Uganda’s terrain setting and such options are in the cost means of the authority,” said Mr Bruhane Byaruhanga, Kyambogo University councillor.

Kampala minister Frank Tumwebaze recently presented a proposal to the National Resistance Movement members at a retreat at Kyankwanzi, indicating that KCCA would undertake a multi-billion master plan to transform the transport network in the city.

The plan encompasses construction of flyovers at Kitgum House; Mukwano and Clock Tower junctions in the next five years, which will cost $150 million (about Shs373 billion).

It will also develop an integrated public transport system with Bus Rapid Transit, Non-Motorised Transport and cable cars.

Although, in April, KCCA invited potential consultants to submit applications to carry out a feasibility study for cable cars in Kampala capital city, Mr Robert Kalumba, KCCA media monitoring specialist said the process is ongoing.