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Kampala Capital City Authority has unveiled a masterplan to transform the transport network for Kampalans expected to cost more than Shs300 billion.

Kampala Capital City Authority has unveiled a masterplan to transform the transport network for Kampalans expected to cost more than Shs300 billion. The project will be funded in partnership with the Japanese government. This artistic impression shows how the road section at the Jinja Road traffic lights will look like when completed. ILLUSTRATION SOURCED FROM KCCA 

By Farahani Mukisa

Posted  Tuesday, March 18  2014 at  02:00
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Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has unveiled 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.

It will also develop an integrated public transport system with Bus Rapid Transit, Non-Motorised Transport and cable cars. According to KCCA documents, the passenger rail services in the city and its suburbs will be revamped.

“Feasibility studies and preliminary designs have been completed. Works are expected to commence by 2016,” reads a KCCA document on the project in part. KCCA spokesperson Peter Kaujju corroborated with the plans, saying: “We have done the preliminary designs and contacted seven possible service providers.”

He said the project is also part of the efforts to end congestion in the capital and ease traffic flow. Sources say the plan was endorsed by the ruling party, NRM and its MPs during their retreat at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi last month.

The KCCA Executive Director, Ms Jennifer Musisi, made the presentation during a session attended by President Museveni. The city authority will execute the plan with the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).

According to UNRA spokesperson Dan Alinange, the designs of the flyovers have been done with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Mr Alinange said he had not got a price attached to the project.

However, documents obtained from City Hall indicate that the project will cost $150 million (about Shs373 billion). “A team of Japanese will help us to determine how much to cost in the compensation process,” Mr Alinange said in a telephone interview yesterday.

“After determining how the project will progress, we shall embark on the tendering process very soon and procuring the necessary requirements,” he added. Last year, KCCA launched the construction, upgrading and expansion of several roads in the city.