As part of its efforts to alleviate traffic congestion, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is yet to construct a Traffic Control Center with support from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The project was launched yesterday 8th November 2022, by officials from KCCA and JICA at City Hall in Kampala.
According to KCCA, the traffic control centre is part of the Technical Cooperation Project named “The Project for Capacity Enhancement of KCCA in Management of Traffic Flow in Kampala City” launched between KCCA and JICA in 2015.
In addition to the proposed Japanese traffic control system known as “MODERTO”, this project will signalize up to a total of 27 junctions and demolish 5 roundabouts in and around the city. These include Rwenzori Courts, Grand Imperial, Mulago, Mulago Mortuary and Kubiri round about.
According to KCCA, Kampala is set to become a model city in smart traffic control systems in East Africa following the launch of the construction works for the Traffic Control Center.
Kampala’s Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, praised the Japan government’s support for Kampala and Uganda as a whole adding that the smart traffic control system will save Traffic police from the rudimentary means of controlling traffic flow in the city.
“Traffic congestion is a real menace. Every time it rains, it’s horrible it’s a nightmare navigating traffic in Kampala. When we get this kind of support from JICA we have all the reasons to celebrate to see that our traffic is going to improve,” Lukwago said.
The KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka, applauded JICA and the Japan Government for stepping in with this funding and technical support and assured city dwellers that KCCA is building a smart city, focused on enhancing service delivery, improving the efficiency of our systems and services and propelling KCCA towards the achievement of its strategic plan.