Exclusive: Gov’t To Build Airport In Lubiri, Mengo

help geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>The move is part of the mitigation strategy to find remedies to the high level of city traffic that has turned Kampala into one of the most chaotic cities in the region.

patient geneva;”>The revelation was made on Friday by Works and Transport State Minister, viagra 100mg Hon John Byabagambi, while launching the 15 year National Transport Master Plan at Hotel Africana.

“I am personally initiating the talks on behalf of government with the Kabaka to grant us permission to develop Lubiri land by putting up an airstrip,” said Byabagambi. Mengo is the political seat of Buganda Kingdom.

“The talks are very pivotal because this land belongs to the kingdom and we cannot move any further step in this direction without their permission.”

He added that government through his ministry is considering developing the facility and then letting it to be run by the Kingdom, noting that whether run by government or Buganda, it will be serving the interest of the public altogether.

In addition to this, according to Eng. Byabagambi, is another airfield projected to be constructed in Namanve area on grounds that it is near the planned Kampala southern bypass which is deemed to ease flights linking the central to western, northern and other parts of the country.

The Master plan was launched alongside a 5 year Ministry of Works and Transport Strategic Plan 2011/2012 – 2015/2016 as well as the Non Motorized Transport Policy (NMT) 2012.

Besides the air transport scheme, the Non Motorized policy entailed in the master plan looks at providing safety and smooth environment for pedestrians, bicyclists as well as tricycles for the handicapped on all national roads.

Byabagambi also passed a directive for all new roads to be constructed by KCCA, local and central governments to include pavement, walkways (shoulders) and must be well lit.

He described lack of such facilities as the main reason for sellers of matooke and other foodstuffs laying their merchandise right in the middle of the road during the night in parts of Mengo, Kasubi Lubaga Nateete and other city suburbs.

The master plan also looks at cutting down on the number of vehicles in the city center and gradually replacing them in a rather binding fashion with bicycles as the main means of transport for both the rich and the poor at least at a rate of 5 percent per annum.

A pilot project on this development has already been taken up by Dutch architects who are now operating in down town Kampala.

Byabagambi also expressed concern over the continued infighting between government utility bodies which are otherwise supposed to work together for national infrastructural development. He highlighted a recent row between ministry of works and National water and Sewerage Corporation over the extension of Entebbe road.

“NWSC contacted and asked us permission to use our road reserves on the road to plant their machinery which we granted.

But now time had has come to expand the road and on asking them to remove their items to pave way for the work they are demanding from us 30 billion in compensation.”

He said that this has forced government to return to the drawing board to revisit the and put up proper procedures to be followed before entering such concessions

The national transport master plan was first drafted in 2008 and presented before cabinet but had never been launched officially.

To this the Minster asserted “it’s a 25-year strategic plan running up to 2023 and it is only 2013 now.”

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