Thursday April 24 2014

KCCA to ban buses and trucks in the city


Kampala Capital City Authority has finalised plans to ban all heavy vehicles from entering the Central Business Centre to streamline the transport system and decongest the city.

According to the proposal, KCCA will create designated terminals around the outskirts of Kampala to harbour buses and gazette parks for heavy trucks and lorries.

The plan, presented by Mr Moses Atwine Kanuniira, the KCCA acting director for the directorate of physical planning before City Hall yesterday , indicates that the authority has already identified and gazzetted three bus terminals along the main access roads to the CBS.

“Bus terminals have been introduced along the major routes at Nateete, Bwaise and Banda [and] eventually, buses and trucks loading in the city centre locations will be not allowed,” Mr Atwine said.
He said the Nateete terminal was already operating at half its capacity, while the Banda one is nearly complete.

Although KCCA hopes to introduce a Bus Rapid Transport system, councillors noted that the absence of an “established Mass Public Transport in the city” was an impediment to the proposed system.

The report notes that KCCA’s strategy section that handles the streamlining of boda boda business had finalised gazetting its stages, but councillors demanded that they tour the areas to “ascertain the fact on ground”.

Meanwhile, the report also indicates that KCCA has finallised preparations to issue a notice of vacation and then evict all traders operating along illegal places at Arua Park and that all Kiosks at Wandegeya near the newly constructed market will evacuated to create a smooth traffic flow along such streets.