$348 Million consensus autographed by the African Development Bank in furtherance of Road Rehabilitation undertakings in Uganda
By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone- The beginning is a $276 million financing agreement for the Kampala City Roads Rehabilitation Project; and the second, valued at $71.8 million, is for improving the Kabale-Lake Bunyonyi/Kisoro-Mgahinga road.
The Kampala City Roads Rehabilitation Project will relief relieve traffic congestion in the capital by upgrading twenty-two road junctions and improving the drainage capacity of the city to mitigate flowing on the streets. The project will catch a glimpse of the development of 67km of roads, 134km of non-motorized traffic facilities, and the
maintenance of street lighting and slated eco-bus services, including bus depots and dedicated lanes. It comprises various corresponding social initiatives, notably entrepreneurship training for at least 200 women and youth, and the construction of roadside markets and at least thirty public toilets in Kampala.
The Kabale-Lake Bunyonyi/Kisoro-Mgahinga Project will enhance transport connectivity in South-Western Uganda by seamlessly adjoining streets with inland water transport on Lake Bunyonyi, enabling local communities to safely access social and economic activities, notably tourism. The project will also increase agricultural supply chain efficiency in the districts of Kabale, Rubanda and Kisoro.
The project encompasses the construction of four landing sites on Lake Bunyonyi, at least 1,000 streetlights at all the trading centers through which the road passes, two ferries, as well as search center boats kitted with navigational aids. Complement Industrial centers, and sanitary facilities to support women and youth peddlers. It will also finance power supply in Bwama Island on Lake Bunyonyi to some 10,000 residents and include planting trees to improve forest blanket in the area.
“The AfDB will continue to support the government and people of Uganda to achieve the country’s development objectives,” AfDB Uganda Country Manager Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan said. “The Bank is currently working with the government and other stakeholders to develop a new five-year country strategy paper that will continue to prioritize transformative interventions, especially in the transport sector.”
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent
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