Kampala Capital City Authority has good news for city dwellers, price who were pleased with its latest works on two major city intersections on Kiira Road and Yusuf Lule Road near Fairway Hotel: 40 more of these are lined up for construction in the coming few years.
The Authority did not make much progress in new infrastructure development projects this financial year, prescription but promises that in the coming few years, Kampalans will be much delightful with the progress.
KCCA Executive Director Mrs Jenifer Musisi revealed last week that up to forty intersections have been selected to be renovated to the standard of Kiira Road and Fairway.
“In the next three years or so, we are rebuilding and putting lights on all intersections, although sometimes I see people hitting them without knowing. We want to teach you the way of life in all those western countries that you hear about,” Misisi said during a morning radio talk show last Friday.
These works in the city centre and other suburbs are being funded under the US$ 175million Second Phase of the World Bank’s Kampala Institutional Infrastructural Development Project (KIIDP II)
The project is intended for construction and rehabilitation of the existing roads network and associated infrastructure (drainage, street lights, walkways, street furniture, landscaping, etc.) in the five KCCA divisions. The long list of roads includes roads with traffic volumes exceeding 300 vehicles per day.
Musisi revealed that from the Kiira Road Intersection which she commissioned last month, they are headed for Ntinda, then Nakawa, Wandegeya, Bakuli, Kasubi, Nakulabye and several others.
The Authority also plans on building more than 170kilometers of roads in the capital in the next three years, and light them up with several thousand street lights, according to Musisi.
Musisi says while KCCA’s priorities are wide ranging, it continues to be restricted by insufficient resources.
She said, “There is so much we want to do; people have high expectations, but everything needs money.”
“We have tried to expand our resource basket so far by 176%, from where we started. The money we collect looks enormous but it’s just not enough because of all the needs in the city. That’s why we intend to expand more.”
To deal with this deficiency, KCCA recently started re-evaluating properties in Kampala in a bid to get more taxes from them.
Musisi says so far all buildings in the city centre have been evaluated and levied, and now the exercise in ongoing in Nakawa Division. All buildings including residential houses will be taxed. At least Shs. 30billion is expected from city properties alone.
She advised, “If you are dissatisfied with the evaluation of your property, there is a court (KCCA) where you can go to and file a complaint.