The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) announced that the expansion of the Kampala by-pass into a four lane highway is expected to commence in April 2013 and not December 2012 as had been earlier announced.
According to the Spokesperson of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Mr. Daniel Alinange, this postponement is as a result of the delays in approval of the loan to be used for construction and expansion of the road.
“We received a loan from the European Investment Bank and a grant from the European Union. We are however still waiting for the approval of the loan by parliament.
So it is not possible (starting work in December) because of the delays. We expect work to commence in April next year,” Alinange said.
Mr Alinange further intimated that 60m Euros had been earmarked for the expansion of this Kampala Northern By-Pass and the Mbarara By-Pass in Western Uganda as well as another 10m Euros was to be used on compensating people who will be relocated in process.
“It’s true we bought the land but then we are expanding the roundabouts in the densely populated areas like Kalerwe and Kisaasi,” added Mr. Daniel Alinange .
Once this road is finished added to existing old and new roads will greatly boast the Uganda safaris or better still as commonly known the Uganda tourism sector.This is because it will ease connectivity of Entebbe airport to other roads that connect to all Uganda tour destination including the far Gorilla trekking safari or Gorilla tracking safari destination by reducing the traffic jam experienced on the current narrow roads.
The construction of the first phase of the Kampala Northern by-pass by Salini and works commenced in 2004 at a unit cost of $1.74m per kilometer and was funded by the EU and the Government of Uganda.
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