The Acting Municipal Engineer Brian Kabunga told URN that the municipality will require up to 200 billion Shillings to upgrade the roads in line with its new development plan. The money will be pooled from Uganda Road Fund, the Ministry of Works and Transport and development partners.
Entebbe municipality intends to tarmac
all roads within its jurisdiction by 2030, in line with the new Municipal Development Plan, the Acting Municipal Engineer Brian Kabunga has said.
Entebbe municipality has a road
network of about 120 kilometres. Out of these, around 40 kilometres have been
tarmacked since 2012, while 80 kilometres are potholed marram roads.
Some of these were recently
upgraded under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Project, a World
Bank initiative to improve infrastructure in selected municipalities. These
include circular road, Sewabuga road, Church road, Bugonga road, Basudde rise,
Nyondo close, Gabunga road, Lutwama road, Serumaga road, resort road, Buwaya
rise and Post office. The municipality is currently upgrading the 2.6 kilometre
Katabi –Busambaga road from class B marram to tarmac.
Kabunga told URN that
the municipality will require up to 200 billion Shillings to upgrade the roads in
line with the new development plan. The money will be pooled from Uganda Road
Fund, the Ministry of Works and Transport and development partners.
Entebbe Municipality Mayor
Vincent Kayanja says that part of the initiative seeks to improve the quality
of roads to avoid incurring extra costs in maintenance and repairs. He says
many of the roads are now dilapidated because they were poor quality, yet the
roads are often used by heavy trucks.
Kayanja says a resource mobilization
mechanism that will see the Municipal council directly incorporated in the
different government development projects have been drawn and there is optimism
that there will be funds to develop the road network in Entebbe.
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Entebbe was listed among the
municipalities slated to start operating under city status in the year 2023.
Kabunga added the number of
residents who constructed houses in road reserves had declined to demolish
their installations to pave way for the road construction. He, however, adds that
many have since heeded to the call.