Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has provided an update on the progress of the Kampala City Road Rehabilitation Project and its associated expenditures.
KCCA officials, led by Minister of State for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, Kyofatogabye Kabuye, presented their report before the Committee on Physical Infrastructure on October 12, 2023.
The project, spanning 48 months, received financial support through loans from the African Development Bank and African Development Fund, which became effective in July 2021.
Eng. David Luyimbazi, the Deputy Executive Director of KCCA, disclosed that the total expenditure on the project, encompassing aspects such as drainage, pavement, street lighting, and signals, amounted to UGX 553.6 billion.
Luyimbazi detailed the costs per kilometer for standard two-lane asphalt concrete roads, which were executed in five separate lots, encompassing 31 roads in total.
Under the first lot, a 4.4km stretch of Wamala Road along Ntinda-Kisaasi was reconstructed at a cost of UGX 6.17 billion per kilometer, inclusive of general costs. Additionally, 2.02km of Mutesa 1 Road was upgraded to a paved status under the same lot at a cost of UGX 5.586 billion per kilometer, including general costs.
The second lot involved widening and signal installation along 3.46km of the Old Port Bell Road/Spring Road, including two junctions, at a cost of UGX 5.4 billion, encompassing general expenses.
Furthermore, the reconstruction of Fifth Street, Sixth Street, Seventh Street, and Eighth Street on Namuwongo Road in the industrial area was carried out under the third lot, totaling UGX 24.07 billion, inclusive of general costs.
Lot four consisted of the reconstruction of 8.1km of Salaama Road in Makindye and the widening of the Kasubi-Northern bypass, costing UGX 4.558 billion and UGX 5.27 billion, respectively.
In addition, the Masiro Road in Lubaga underwent reconstruction under lot five, with the 2.1-kilometer stretch costing UGX 8.103 billion, including general costs.
Luyimbazi highlighted that among the general expenses incurred during the roadworks, drainage costs ranked highest, followed by road paving and signal installation.
During the committee meeting, Elijah Okupa (Indp., Kasilo County) raised concerns about the condition of the road leading to the proposed Uganda Heart Institute in Naguru, suggesting that it should be widened to accommodate the institute’s needs. Luyimbazi explained that the lack of a physical infrastructure plan for the area and pressure from parcel owners seeking individual developments had hindered progress. He appealed to the committee to support the National Planning Authority in developing a physical development plan for the area to enhance road infrastructure and drainage.
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