Modern light railway transport system for Kampala

The government of Uganda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese government for the construction of a light rail mass transportation system project for greater Kampala.

At a cost of 1.5 trillion UGX (USD 440 million), the initial 35-kilometer stretch which shall be constructed by China Civil Engineering Construction Cooperation is aimed at de-congesting traffic in the country’s capital and surrounding areas.

Uganda’s Minister of Works, Engineer John Byabagambi, on signing, stated that it shall be more efficient than the recently-commissioned similar light rail in Ethiopia because it shall be suspended, therefore, eliminating the need to pass through road crossings.

"The project is part of Kampala’s metropolitan master plan in tandem with Uganda’s Vision 2040 which aims at projecting the country to middle income status," added the P.S.

The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, Zhaoyali Chi, said the project is of strategic importance for Uganda and shall cover 240 kilometers when complete. It shall extend from Kampala to the area of Entebbe, Nsangi, Wakiso, and other surrounding towns.

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Source: eTN