Road Sector Support Project 4
- Reference: P-UG-DB0-021
- Approval date: 13/03/2013
- Start date: 08/08/2014
- Appraisal Date: 23/07/2012
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: UGANDA NATIONAL ROADS AUTHORITY
- Location: Western and South western Uganda
The tentative components of the project are:
(a) Civil works for; the upgrading of gravel surfaced road to bitumen standard with 7.0-m wide carriageway and 1.5-m shoulders on either side from Hoima - Masindi - Kigumba (87km) and Ntungamo - Miriama Hills (37km);
(b) Consultancy services for:
(i)supervision of civil works for the above;
(ii)exploring the various avenues to expand the revenue base of the Road Fund for the sustainability of the road investment
(iii)feasibility and detailed engineering design studies of the Multinational Uganda - Kenya road (Kapchorwa - Suam - Endebes) and the National road (Rukungiri-Ishasha); (ivRoad Safety;
(v)Mitigation of HIV/AIDS, STI and TB;
(vi)Monitoring of ESMP implementation and baseline data collection; (vii)Capacity enhancement; (viiiConsulting Services for Technical and Financial Audit
(c) Compensation and resettlement
The project objective is to improve sustainable road access and quality of transport service levels in western and south western Uganda in order to reduce road maintenance costs, vehicle operating costs and travel time and by so doing, provide access to the majority of the rural people to socio-economic facilities and integration to the rest of the country thereby contributing to poverty reduction; support regional integration and cross border trade with Rwanda and DRC and facilitate the oil exploration and extraction activities.
The rationale behind the Hoima - Masindi -Kigumba road is that the road provides a strategic link between the northern corridor (specific SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi and eastern DRC) and the Kampala - Gulu-Juba corridor; provides a high standard road for the expected increase in transport of oil and refined products from Masindi to Hoima and form Hoima to Kyenjojo; improve access to markets, social and health services and employment possibilities for residents within the zone of influence
The rationale behind the Ntungamo - Miriama Hills road is that the improvement of the road will promote the effort of the Government in poverty reduction through improvement of road infrastructure in rural areas of south western Uganda by providing all weather access for the supply of farm inputs and evacuation of produce to major market centers, thus improving the level of service and efficiency of the road network. It will also support regional integration and economic co-operation with neighboring Rwanda.
Improvement of the road network reduces transport costs, travel time and provides benefits to communities through affordable transport thereby increasing their mobility and related economic activity. The primary beneficiaries are road users, traders and farmers. Important economic benefits to be derived as a result of road improvement include increase in agricultural production from the farm holdings within the road's zone of influence; regional integration and cross border trade with Rwanda and DRC; and the oil exploration and extractive activities.
The main determinant of rural poverty reduction has been the ability to market high-value cash crops. The households in food crop sector, especially those marketing little amounts of food crops only experience modest rates of poverty reduction. However, the gender division of labor in many Ugandan rural and farming systems is that men concentrate on livestock and high-value crops farming, while women are involved in food crop subsistence farming. When the proposed roads improvement is implemented, the women and men will equally benefit through improved employment opportunities and better access to markets as well as other social and economic facilities.
GEBREMEDHIN Dawit - RDGE4