Tuesday May 13 2014

KCCA to construct three mega parks

Kampala Resident City Commissioner (RCC) Aisha

Kampala Resident City Commissioner (RCC) Aisha Kabanda(R) addressing the USAFI Taxi drivers last month. File photo 


KAMPALA- Capital City Authority intends to construct three more parks in the city to ease traffic flow within and outside the central business district.

KCCA acting director physical planning, Mr Moses Atwine Kanuniira revealed the plans to city councillors last week during a tour to the proposed places (parks) and key developments in the CBD.

The three parks will be located in the city suburbs of Banda, Bwaise and Nateete, to accommodate all commuter taxis and buses plying the eastern, western and the northern routes into Kampala respectively.

“The identified spots are already serving as private parks, but KCCA will enter into a public private partnership with the owners to redevelop them,” said a councillor who preferred anonymity because KCCA executive director barred them to comment on technical issues.

KCCA Corporate Affairs Officer, Mr Peter Kaujju said the development of the parks is aimed at decongesting the CBD in the long run.

“We intend to have a park at every entry point of Kampala to ease traffic mobility. From such points passengers will have to board the buses we intend to bring in to replace commuter taxis as part of our future plans,” he said on Tuesday.

Kampala currently has six parks; the Old taxi park, New Taxi Park manned by KCCA. Others are Namayiba Bus Terminal, Kisenyi Park, Usafi Park and the Nakawa Park.

During the tour, Mr Kanuniira and the councillors also commended the standard of the “modern” container kiosks located at the New Taxi Park, saying such are the accepted standard kiosks required in Kampala.