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KCCA avails Shs 9 Billion to undertake emergency road repairs in Kampala

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has availed Shs 9Billion to undertake emergency road repairs at key points and sections of roads over the next two weeks. Kampala has witnessed deteriorated road network arising from an old and outlived design with potholes and edge distress.

Currently, Kampala has a road network of 2,100Km of which 642Km is paved with a drainage system of 145 Km of major drains and 3,428Km of minor drains; of these only 714Km (20%) are constructed open drains. To address the current outcry due to potholes challenges in the City, the government has availed funds to undertake remedial and interim measures to make roads accessible.

“I am certain you are already witnessing these road works across all the five Divisions of Kampala; Nakawa, Central, Kawempe, Lubaga and Makindye. A detailed list of areas to be worked upon is attached for your information.” Betty Among, the Minister for Kampala said.

Recently, President Museveni directed KCCA to prepare a comprehensive plan for revamping the City infrastructure through a long term financing Model and a cabinet memo is being prepared for presentation and adoption by cabinet.

The minister said that the plan will address the overall infrastructure master plan which will also handle roads rehabilitation, traffic congestion, drainage and flooding problems in the City etc since road failures in Kampala are worsened by a strained and dilapidated drainage system, increased traffic load and extreme weather conditions such as heavy rains that have eroded the road surfaces.

Other interventions being undertaken to address infrastructure challenges include current works at the Clock Tower area along Entebbe Road the gateway to Kampala-that is going to be addressed by the completion of the Kampala Flyover Project.

The minister expressed displeasure over improper solid waste management through irresponsible dumping of garbage that ends up blocking the existing drainage system. “Responsible garbage disposal is a civic duty for all that visit and live in Kampala. We shall start enforcement by apprehending those that litter the Capital City.”

“I reaffirm the government’s commitment to deliver a beautiful and sustainable Capital City as well as rally all that derive opportunities in Kampala to walk hand in hand with KCCA on this journey for a better City.” she said

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