UGANDA, Jinja | Real Muloodi News | Jinja City residents and the business community are thrilled with the ongoing road repairs on five major roads within the city.
The rehabilitation project, funded by the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID), is set to cost USh16 billion.
Jinja City Mayor, Mr Peter Okocha Kasolo, expressed his commitment to providing better service delivery and emphasized the significance of infrastructural development in achieving this goal.
The roads currently undergoing repair and rehabilitation include Clive Road and Clerk Road (1.89 km), Bell Avenue East and West (1.446 km), completion of Busoga Avenue (0.75 km), and traffic signalling and drainage works (1.782 km).
The construction is being carried out by Zhongmei Engineering Group Ltd.
Jinja City’s road rehabilitation project is expected to have positive effects on both businesses and traffic flow within the city.
Residents and business owners expressed excitement, anticipating an improvement in business activities once the roads are completed.
The rehabilitated roads will attract more customers and create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.
Before the ongoing road repairs, many road users faced difficulties navigating through the city’s damaged roads, particularly during rainy seasons.
The condition of roads, such as Oboja, Ripon East, Lubas, Spire, Clive, Aldina, Naranbhai, and Obote Way, caused traffic disruptions and resulted in damage to vehicles.
Boda boda riders and taxi drivers, in particular, experienced frequent breakdowns due to potholes.
Jinja City has faced challenges in addressing road infrastructure issues due to limited funding. Most road funds are controlled by the central government, which has contributed to the deterioration of many roads in the city.
As a result, Jinja City has come to depend on the World Bank-funded USMID Programme to rehabilitate a portion of its road networks.
Currently, about 15 per cent of the city’s road networks have been developed through the USMID program.
With the ongoing road repair project, Jinja City is taking significant steps towards improving its infrastructure and enhancing the overall quality of life for its residents and businesses.
Once completed, the rehabilitated roads are expected to foster economic growth, ease traffic congestion, and create a more inviting and functional urban environment.
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