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KCCA: Railway Reserve Occupants Must Quit

The interior of the passenger coaches which will transport people to and fro the City (KCCA Photo)

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has come out to clarify on the ongoing eviction of residents in the areas around the railway line in Kampala.

An estimated 60, 000 residents were affected by the demolition and displacement from the Portbell to Kampala and the Kyengera to Namanve railway lines.

The Authority in a statement Tuesday called upon the effected population to comply with the developments,  noting that this was being conducted on behalf of all Ugandans.

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The exercise to remove the illegal structures in the railway reserve is being conducted by Uganda Railways Corporation, KCCA, UETCL, RVR and the Uganda Police in line with Ugandan Health and Safety standards.

KCCA noted: “The Government of Uganda urges all affected residents to comply with the exercise which is being conducted for the benefit of all Ugandans. A customer service desk has been set up at Uganda Railways Corporation and KCCA to attend to those with any queries.”

East African Head of State in May signed an agreement to construct a railway line that will run through the three East African countries as part of the efforts to strengthen public transport in the region.

In the agreement, the Presidents agreed to revamp the existing railway network and construct new standard gauge railway line and extend it to Rwanda.

KCCA noted that in line with this agreement, notices were issued for removal of illegal structures on Railway reserves because they posed a danger not only to the encroachers but also the operators of the railway who are required to operate with a 30- meter reserve corridor on either side.

“The residents have been given ample time and warning to remove illegal structures from Railway Reserve Land through a public awareness campaign run in the print and broadcast media,” they said.

The exercise to remove illegal structures is being conducted by Uganda Railways Corporation, KCCA, UETCL, RVR and the Uganda Police in line with Ugandan Health and Safety standards.

It has however generated immense outrage from members of Parliament and some sections of the public, saying people displaced by the activities should be relocated.

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