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Inadequate funding cripples operation of National Physical Planning Board

The National Physical Planning Board-NPPB authority has decried inadequate funding.

Dr. Amanda Ngabirano, the Board’s Chairperson says various activities have since stalled due to financial constraints.

R-Dr Ngabirano presenting a petition to the Deputy Speaker of Parliament RT Hon Thomas Tayebwa

This quarter alone, the Board has received only Ugx100m out the required Ugx1.5b from the finance Ministry.

She says the activities includes recommending structures in Cities for demolition, enforcement of human settlements, industrial areas.

Others are food markets, and shopping Centre zoning through proper physical planning.

Dr. Ngabirano says the board through the 11 members have petitioned parliament to expedite funding.

Rt Hon Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa, directed the Committee on Physical Infrastructure to immediately handle the matter and report back its findings to the House.

The Committee on Physical Infrastructure led by Robert Kasolo, who doubles as the Iki-Iki County Member of Parliament is yet to interact with the Board members before.

Since its inauguration in July 2020, the Board that operates under the Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development has so far approved 25 Physical Plans, with over 15 Land Issues currently being handled.

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