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Pioneer targets 1.5 million passengers daily
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TUESDAY, 15 MAY 2012 23:29 WRITTEN BY SIRAJE LUBWAMA 1 COMMENTS

Pioneer Easy bus services is gradually transforming the face of transportation in Kampala


After two months in operation, Pioneer Easy bus services is gradually transforming the face of public transportation in Kampala. Siraje Lubwama spoke to Connie Nankya, Pioneer’s publicist, about the company’s progress.

Recently, you withdrew buses from Ggaba and Salaama roads. You also withdrew them from Kawempe. Why?

This is just a temporary withdrawal as we streamline our operations. Initially, we were to operate on Eastern and Western routes with the first 100 buses. Ntinda was to be allocated 25 buses, Bweyogerere 56 and Luzira –Biina –Mutungo 19. Because of the crisis [taxi strike], we rolled them all over the city. After one month of operation, we have decided to go back to our original programme of offering efficient and effective services.

Right now, we’re operating at Bweyogere, Ntinda, Kajjansi and Luzira – the routes that we were to start within our planned first phase. This does not mean that we have phased out other areas. As more buses chip in, we shall serve other areas.

When is the second batch of buses expected in the country?

The second batch is expected in the country between two to three months from now.

You have reduced your transport fares to Shs 500 for short distances in some areas and in other areas left the price at Shs 800. Why?

We are reducing the prices for short distances systematically. We have introduced Shs 500 to cater for short distances like Bweyogerere to Nakawa and Nakawa to Constitution Square. We have reduced to Shs 500 from Luzira to Bugolobi and from Bugoloobi to Constitution Square. Then Shs 500 also caters for distances from Gayaza to Mpererwe and Mpererwe to Constitution Square.

How long do drivers and conductors work and what is their monthly package?

Driver and conductors work in two eight-hour shifts as per the Labour Law and whoever works any extra time, is paid for it. Their monthly package is Shs 600,000 minus NSSF and Pay As You Earn. We also spend on each of them Shs 1m on training.

What is your relationship with bus operators currently?

The relationship is nice especially on Kajjansi road, save for some taxi operators who forcefully don’t want to give way to our buses at our shelters.

And what are major challenges you have encountered so far?

Rolling out the way we did by stretching our original plan, which has been costly; controlling the 61 passengers, sensitizing the public that the yellow seats are only meant for people with disabilities and pregnant women, and taxis blocking our buses from accessing the shelters.

What is your target in terms of passenger capacity daily?

When all our fleet of 520 buses are here, our target will be to transport between one and 1.5 million people a day, although that is when we increase the shifts from two to three, and operate from 16 to 24 hours daily, giving our staff three shifts.

What are the achievements you can talk of so far?
Traffic jam has tremendously reduced because some people leave their vehicles out of the city and ride in our buses. Taxi fares [our competitors] have reduced. People also have a variety of choice in the transport sector.
 

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KCCA To Stop Flooding In The City
First published: 20120630 12:39:53 PM EST 1Share on twitter


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The Kampala Capital City Authority has promised to do everything possible to ensure heavy rains do not generate floods that greatly affect the city.

KCCA today said it has embarked on the exercise of cleaning all the main drainage channels in the city to ensure that the flooding which occurred on Monday in the city does not occur again.

On Monday the different parts of the Central Business District were seen to have been submerged by water blocking traffic due to the heavy down pour.

Kampala Capital City Authority Spokesperson Peter Kawujju says areas to be given a priority are the clock tower and Jinja Road were flooding has become a problem.

Kawujju adds that they are still having challenges with the constructor of the Bwaise Lubigi drainage channel which he says will hopefully be completed soon.
 

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KCCA unveils new city plan
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By ABDU KIYAGA (email the author)

Posted Thursday, July 26 2012 at 01:00
Thousands of people could lose property in structures if Kampala Capital City Authority effects its new 10-year physical and infrastructural development plan that it has unveiled.



According to the new plan premised on the ribbon development model, structures are supposed to be built along the routes of communications radiating from a human settlement. This means that many buildings will have to be demolished to fit in the development plan.

In the new plan, the greater Kampala metropolitan area is to include construction of at least three new road belts similar to the northern by-pass and a free-way to ease transport in and around the city plus development of two residential areas in Sissa-Nsangi (Entebbe) and Ntenjeru- Nakisunga (Mukono).

The new plan will also see the central business district restructuring its transport system by limiting the number of vehicles in the city by introducing a rapid bus transport system and putting up a modern free-way through the city.

Consenting to the new plan, the director of physical planning and urban development in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Mr Savino Katsigaire, said establishing a new capital city, as suggested by some people, to replace Kampala would be “too expensive”, adding that the workable solution lies in modifying the existing structures.

In a bid to conserve the existing wetlands around the city, the plan seeks to turn them into public parks which will generate income for the authority.
 

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KCCA allocates Sh1b for maintenance of public toilets

Publish Date: Aug 01, 2012

KCCA public toiltet where they charge shs200 for short calls and shs300 for long calls with a provision of toilet paper. Photo: Wilfred Sanya
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By Joyce Namutebi


Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has allocated Sh1b for maintenance and repair of 11 public toilets in the city, Parliament has heard.

The Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi said sh500m is for maintenance and Sh500m for repair of the toilets.

She explained that maintenance works would be carried out by the authority while cleaning services would be outsourced.

She was responding to questions and concerns raised by the presidential affairs committee on KCCA policy statement for 2012/2013. One of the questions raised by MPs was on how public toilets in the city are going to be maintained considering the fact that the public will no longer pay for use.

MP Cerinah Nebanda said KCCA does not have the capacity to maintain the toilets when they are not collecting any money, but committee chairperson, Barnabas Tinkasiimire said he had no problem with the arrangement as long as KCCA assures Parliament that they would keep the toilets clean.

Musisi assured that there are people who will monitor on daily basis to ensure that the public toilets are clean.

Responding to other questions, state minister for ethics, Simon Lokodo, who led the team, discussions are going on between the Ministry of Health and KCCA on the management of Naguru Hospital, which was built on KCCA land with assistance from the Chinese Government.

He also revealed that said out of Sh1b allocated to establishment of the employment services bureau for the youth, only Sh650m was allocated to refurbish and equip it. The centre is expected to link 200 youth to employment every year, he said.

With only Sh162.5b out of the required Sh333b allocated to the authority this FY a number of priorities, Lokodo said, would remain underfunded. These include staff costs which require Sh54b, construction of Old Kira, Lugoba and Lubigi Ring road, which require Sh24.4b, and reconstruction and opening of key drainages which requires Sh26.8b.

He revealed that Sh18.5b has been provided for emoluments of political leadership of KCCA and for facilitating them to monitor the implementation of programmes.

KCCA, he said, is committing Sh22b towards stepping up solid waste collection and disposal, de-silting of community drains, facilitating NGO hospitals and KCCA health units.
 

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KCCA to repair drainage systems
By ABDU KIYAGA (email the author)

Posted Thursday, August 2 2012 at 01:00
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In bid to reduce flooding in the city, Kampala Capital City Authority has embarked on a process to update and implement the Kampala Drainage Master plan along different city roads.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), in response to the frequent flooding within the city will, beginning this month, embark on the updating and implementation of the Kampala drainage master plan.

“While the authority continues with evaluation, design and extensive clearing of drainage systems throughout Kampala, certain areas have been identified as flooding black spots and therefore need immediate infrastructural improvement,” KCCA spokesperson Peter Kaujju said.

Roads that are to be worked on include Jinja Road, Ben Kiwanuka Street, Dastur and Channel streets, SIKH, Bugolobi, Kintu and Corydon road, Jjuko drain and the Clock Tower.

Mr Kaujju adds that the works will majorly be within the walk ways and along road edges adding that areas such as the clock tower and Jinja Road will be prioritized since they normally experience the most flooding.
He also says that repairs will be carried out bearing in mind the need not to disrupt traffic flow in the city.

However, for areas where disruption is unavoidable, regular public updates and notices will be provided along with relevant diversion plans, he added
According to the authority, the construction of the Bwaise- Lubigi drainage channel, which is expected to be completed soon, will partially ease the drainage problem in the city.

This newspaper understands that this is the second attempt by KCCA to improve the flow of water in the city. Last year, the authority allocated at least Shs7.8 billion to widen and de-silt the Nakivubo drainage channel.

However, enlargements to the 9km channel, which holds approximately 95 per cent of the water from the developed central area of the city into the swamps adjacent to Lake Victoria, is yet to be realised.

The city has at several times become flooded putting business and transport at a standstill after access to several roads and buildings are submerged by water. At times deaths have been recorded after motorists fail to identify demarcations of drainage systems.

It is estimated that it requires 100 million dollars to implement the proposed Kampala district master plan to work on drainage.
 

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New City plan promises big changes
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FRIDAY, 03 AUGUST 2012 00:22 WRITTEN BY MOSES MUGALU 0 COMMENTS
The new Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA) physical development plan does not only concentrate on revamping the city infrastructure, but also provides for organised slum dwelling, Ron Rekah, an Israeli expert, has said.

Rekah is a consultant with ROM Transportation Engineering Ltd, the firm that conducted the pre-feasibility study for the 10-year development plan. According to the new GKMA plan unveiled last week, five urban areas (satellite cities) and three ring roads will be constructed to ease congestion in the city centre.

New urban areas, which planners say will address the problem of the city’s exploding population, include Ssisa-Nsangi, Ntenjeru-Nakisunga, Goma-Kira and Nansana in Mukono and Wakiso districts. Kampala’s current population, estimated at 3.15 million, is expected to double in the next 10 years and to triple by 2040.

However, Rekah argues that the future plan of the city is not only about traffic jams, pollution and the new satellite cities.

“We have provided for development of organised slum dwellers,” he said in an interview with The Observer on Monday. Kisenyi, Bwaise, Katwe, Makerere Kivulu, Katanga and Kibuli suburbs harbour some of Kampala’s best known slums.

Finer details of the redevelopment of the aforesaid slums are expected at a later stage once the designs, based on an approved plan, have been completed. Rekah and his team, however, presented artistic impressions of the proposed organised slum dwellings during a recent stakeholders’ meeting. The new GKMA plan will be tabled before KCCA councilors and Parliament for approval in November.

However, technical officers are wary of the politics at City Hall and lack of finances, key factors that could thwart the implementation of the new plan. For instance, battles between KCCA executive director, Jennifer Musisi, and the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, have stifled some initiatives aimed at re-organising the city in the past one year. With several structures in the central business district likely to be demolished, the new GKMA plan could be met with some resistance.

According to the new plan, restructuring of the transport system will involve construction of by-passes and new lanes for the Rapid Bus Transport (RBT) system. Furthermore, many residential houses in the suburbs might have to give way for the new ring roads similar to the Kampala Northern-bypass.

Planners are also mindful of environmental conservation with emphasis on protecting the city wetlands and developing more public parks, which officials say will generate income for KCCA as well. City hall officials are optimistic that, in spite of the likely challenges, implementation will be easier once the new plan gets political will.
 

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KCCA set to revamp New Taxi Park
Publish Date: Aug 21, 2012
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By Juliet Waiswa and Taddeo Bwambale

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has identified four private plots in the city, which will be used as a temporary terminal for commuter taxis to enable the repair of the New Taxi Park.

Construction work, which will start next week, was meant to start in July, but failed due to management wrangles between two factions in the park.

Last week, over 700 traders operating lock-up shops in the New Taxi Park petitioned former minister in charge of Kampala Muruli Mukasa to block the planned demolition of their structures.

The traders said they wanted more time to find alternative business premises before the renovation could start.

KCCA ordered the traders to vacate the taxi park by August 8, but by last evening, no one had vacated.
 

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KCCA seeks partnership to construct new taxi parks
By AL-MAHDI SSENKABIRWA (email the author)

Posted Wednesday, August 22 2012 at 01:00
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The proposed agreement is expected to run for five years and is extendable depending on the necessity.

As part of its wider plan to decongest the city, Kampala Capital City Authority is seeking partnership with landlords on the out-skirts of the city to construct terminals for the increasing commuter taxis.

In a statement issued by KCCA yesterday, the authority is ready to enter a public -private partnership with any willing developer to erect the terminals.

“In the public–private partnership agreement, KCCA intends to pay a monthly or annual rental fees to the landowner or developer and continue to collect fees from the taxis operating from the facilities,” the statement reads in part. According to the statement, the proposed agreement will run for five years and is extendable depending on the necessity.

“The expression of interest will be assessed against the criteria outlined in the application form and response to terms of reference. KCCA will only reply to those expressions of interest short-listed for invitation to tender,” adds the statement.

This comes at a time when KCCA is planning to relocate the two main taxi parks in the usually traffic-laden central business district to other locations outside the city.

A source at City Hall, that preferred anonymity, because they are not authorised to speak to the media, told Daily Monitor yesterday that the Old Taxi Park is likely to be relocated to Nakawa Division on Jinja Road while the New Taxi Park will be relocated to Nateete on Masaka Road before the end of the year.

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Last year, KCCA took over management of the commuter taxi business in the city, ending a two- decade monopoly by Uganda Taxi Operators and Drivers Association.

Although a public bus transport system was introduced in the city early this year, most areas of the city centre are still synonymous with the menacing traffic jams.

But KCCA said if a bus system becomes fully operational, all taxis will stop in a radius of 5 kilometres and buses will provide transport to people entering the city centre.

Last year, the Transport ministry slapped a ban on all trucks with a carrying capacity of 3.5 tonnes and above in the city between 5am to 10pm to reduce congestion during day.

However, the directive is yet to be implemented. Early this year, government also attempted to re-introduce a railway system to address city transport but was suspended.

challenges but this arrangement worked for a few weeks and was suspended under unclear circumstances. In neigbouring Kenya, a railway system is operational in Nairobi and helps thousands of traffic-weary traffic jam commuters daily.

In October, the Nairobi authorities are also expected to commission a modern railway service which is expected to further help reduce traffic jams in the city.
 

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Part of northern bypass to close for Lubigi drainage repairs.
Posted by Ben Yiga on Aug 31st, 2012 // No Comment

Lubigi dainage channel.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has closed two slip roads of the Northern Bypass for the next three months to pave way for the construction of the Lubigi drainage channel.

The roads, which have been closed since August 27, join the roundabout from Hoima Road and from Bombo Road roundabout to Gayaza Road.According to the traffic guidelines issued by the Authority, traffic from Bombo Road to the city center will be diverted to St. Kizito Road and Mambule Road to join Gayaza Road.

Eng. Andrew Kitaka, the Director of Engineering and Technical Services, says there will be traffic diversion for the three months to enable construction to be completed.

Traffic from Wandegeya and Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road going to Bombo will be diverted to the right hand-side of the Kampala Northern By pass Roundabout, while the Kampala Northern Bypass will remain fully operational save for the two slip roads from it.

Uganda National Roads Authority spokesperson, Dan Alinange says an agreement was reached with KCCA on the construction of the drainage channel mid this month after the project had stalled.
 

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KCCA unveils new plan to decongest city
Publish Date: Sep 05, 2012

By Taddeo Bwambale

The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is finalizing a new development plan for the city that projects a housing demand of 2.2 million housing units by 2040.

The Kampala Physical Development Plan (PDP), which covers the city's development between 2012 and 2040, is expected to be released by the end of the year.

The plan projects that the city's current population of 3.5 million will double by 2020 and rise further to about 15 million by 2040.

KCCA's director in charge of physical planning, Joseph Semambo said the plan would incorporate fast-growing suburbs in Mukono, Wakiso and Entebbe districts, an area termed the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA).

The plan also provides for the creation of five satellite towns to ease pressure on Kampala's infrastructure and services. The proposed areas include Ssisa-Nsangi, Ntenjeru-Nakisunga, Goma-Kira and Nansana, located in Mukono and Wakiso districts.

The plan proposes the establishment of a Rapid Bus Transport (RBT) system as well as the construction of by-passes and new lanes to ease traffic.

Semambo revealed that KCCA had already acquired permission from the Uganda Railways Corporation to use all the land bordering the railway line in the city, to construct modern shopping centres.

According to Semambo, once the Plan has been approved, KCCA will create green parks to protect the environment and attract tourists.

"We want to create open spaces and urban parks. We also want to maintain the wetlands within and promote Kampala as a green city," he said in an interview with the New Vision.

Semambo said KCCA would generate investment plans for each of the development projects and source funding of the project on a public-private partnership.

While Uganda's population grows at a rate of 3.4% per annum, the urban population is growing at 5.2%, putting pressure on housing and other land resources. It is estimated that by 2050, Uganda will have a population of 110 million.

The country's housing shortage stands at about 700,000 units, but Kampala alone has a shortage of over 100,000 units, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBoS).

According to the 2005/2006 National Household Survey, over 64% of Uganda's population lives in one-room tenements commonly known as 'Muzigo' in various city suburbs, which are neither safe nor healthy for residing in.
 

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What's the taxi park for?
The taxi parks thers two are the large centres of transport for kampalas unique taxi system . there are severall taxis assigned to induvidual suburbs and they drop people off at any bus or taxi stage in that suburb .
 

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KCCA unveils new plan to decongest city
Publish Date: Sep 05, 2012

By Taddeo Bwambale

The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is finalizing a new development plan for the city that projects a housing demand of 2.2 million housing units by 2040.

The Kampala Physical Development Plan (PDP), which covers the city's development between 2012 and 2040, is expected to be released by the end of the year.

The plan projects that the city's current population of 3.5 million will double by 2020 and rise further to about 15 million by 2040.

KCCA's director in charge of physical planning, Joseph Semambo said the plan would incorporate fast-growing suburbs in Mukono, Wakiso and Entebbe districts, an area termed the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA).

The plan also provides for the creation of five satellite towns to ease pressure on Kampala's infrastructure and services. The proposed areas include Ssisa-Nsangi, Ntenjeru-Nakisunga, Goma-Kira and Nansana, located in Mukono and Wakiso districts.

The plan proposes the establishment of a Rapid Bus Transport (RBT) system as well as the construction of by-passes and new lanes to ease traffic.

Semambo revealed that KCCA had already acquired permission from the Uganda Railways Corporation to use all the land bordering the railway line in the city, to construct modern shopping centres.

According to Semambo, once the Plan has been approved, KCCA will create green parks to protect the environment and attract tourists.

"We want to create open spaces and urban parks. We also want to maintain the wetlands within and promote Kampala as a green city," he said in an interview with the New Vision.

Semambo said KCCA would generate investment plans for each of the development projects and source funding of the project on a public-private partnership.

While Uganda's population grows at a rate of 3.4% per annum, the urban population is growing at 5.2%, putting pressure on housing and other land resources. It is estimated that by 2050, Uganda will have a population of 110 million.

The country's housing shortage stands at about 700,000 units, but Kampala alone has a shortage of over 100,000 units, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBoS).

According to the 2005/2006 National Household Survey, over 64% of Uganda's population lives in one-room tenements commonly known as 'Muzigo' in various city suburbs, which are neither safe nor healthy for residing in.
Nice plan.

The city needs to be decongested and cleaned indeed.
 

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The plan projects that the city's current population of 3.5 million will double by 2020 and rise further to about 15 million by 2040.
Really? That's crazy. Stats for Kampala are so outdated. Many sources list it at below 2.5 million but of course that's probably a severe underestimate. A precise number is needed to figure out who is without proper sanitation and so on.

We'll know for sure in this year's census.:yes:
 
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