Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is to deliver its first Fly Over in 2019 to help decongest the city.
KCCA is also preparing a legal instrument to restrict heavy vehicles coming into the city during the peak hours.
KCCA Director of Engineering Andrew Kitaka revealed this while meeting Parliament’s Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Kitaka was meeting the MPs to explain the alleged mismanagement of Boda Boda tenders in the then Kampala District as outlined in the Inspectorate of Government report to Parliament for the period from July to December 2004.
Kitaka noted that the Legal Instrument to restrict heavy vehicles in the final stages and just waiting for the Minister’s signature.
MPs on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee had demanded to know how KCCA intends to decongest the City with the ever increasing number of motorcycles, heavy trucks and others. Kitaka told the MPs about the planned Integrated Transport Management System under which is a plan to construct fly-overs in the city.
He noted that there is still a mission from the funding agency to look at the problems that might come out of the constructions and how to sort them out.
Kitaka said that by 2015, KCCA will be having a final design of the Fly over project and work will commence. He said that the fly overs are expected to be at Clock Tower and Kitgum House Junction saying that the project will address the most problematic points in the city.
He added that in the planned integrated transport management system, KCCA plans to revamp the road network to achieve its design capacity, have quality bus services where by one would not need to jump on a Boda Boda.
West Budama North MP Fox Odoi demanded that Boda Boda cyclists be put out of the city to solve the congestion and accidents on roads.
Western Region Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga noted that most of the accident causalities in hospitals are as a result of Boda Boda accidents. He appealed to KCCA to find a way of how the Boda Boda cyclists can be reduced in the city Centre.
Mitooma District Woman MP Jovah Kamateeka suggested to KCCA officials that they regulate the number of cyclists to be allowed in the city Centre to reduce congestion and accidents on roads.
Legal Committee Chairperson Stephen Tashobya summed up the MPs’ queries.
Dr. Judith Tumusiime Tukahiirwa, the Deputy Executive Director in KCCA, highlighted the challenges of space in the city but noted that fly overs cannot be done in all places.
Tumusiime noted that the challenges that come with Boda Boda are well appreciated but that they cannot start with kicking the motorcyclists out of the city.