Support KCCA to fix Jinja Road
Posted Sunday, October 6 2013 at 01:00
Now rather than do things piecemeal and achieve very little, UNRA which is annually funded to the tune of Shs1 trillion and above should find a few billion shillings to do an extra eight kilometres so that the dual six-lane road extends at least up to Kireka Northern Bypass junction.
On Thursday, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) launched the reconstruction of Jinja Road. This is one of the busiest roads in the city considering that it is the gateway to the Uganda border onward to Kenya where most of the country’s imports and exports pass through.
According to KCCA, the six-month reconstruction project will see the section between Kitgum House and Katalima Road at Nakawa upgraded to a dual six-lane road complete with linear parking on either side of the road stretching from Kitgum House to Lugogo Bypass.
Clearly, this upgrade has been long overdue. It is unfortunate, however, that the upgrade is planned to stop at Katalima Road which is barely five kilometres from the city centre meaning the impact on traffic flow will be limited and motorists driving beyond Nakawa will continue to suffer the grinding traffic that Kampala has become notorious for.
It is understandable that KCCA’s resource envelope is small (this project is estimated to cost Shs8.9 billion) and its jurisdiction as far as roads are concerned stops at Nakawa; the rest of the road being the mandate of Ministry of Works through Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
Now rather than do things piecemeal and achieve very little, UNRA, which is annually funded to the tune of Shs1 trillion and above, should find a few billion shillings to do an extra eight kilometres so that the dual six-lane road extends at least up to Kireka Northern Bypass junction.
Of course the usual reasons about lack of money to compensate those who encroached on road reserves will be raised and delegations of traders whose shop verandahs extend into the road will swamp State House. But this should not be reason enough not to improve our road in a growing metropolis such as Kampala.
Some integrated thinking and brazen decisions need to be taken to support KCCA so a longer stretch of the road is done rather than have UNRA come up after six months or one year trying to do the other stretch. Those who encroached on the road reserve should simply be given time to move away and their structure demolished.