At least 159,529km of existing and new roads are set to be rehabilitated and constructed in Uganda under the recently launched phase of the Parish Development Model (PDM).
PDM is a multi-sectoral strategy that is meant to increase household income and improve the quality of life of Ugandans. Its second phase comprises the development of infrastructure and economic services including access roads, community markets, and electrification.
Under this phase, the government also seeks to increase mineral exploitation as well as commit to value addition through industrialization. Furthermore, it hopes to sustainably provide water, increase internet coverage and promote integrated planning to facilitate planned settlement.
The development of the 159,529km of roads in Uganda
The 159 529km of roads planned under this phase include 21,020 km of national roads, and 38 603km of district roads, according to the East African country’s Ministry of Works and Transport. Additionally, the project will comprise 2,103 km of KCCA roads, 4850 km of municipal council roads and 79948k of community access roads.
Reportedly, a sizable percentage of Uganda’s roads are in a poor state. Only 69% of district roads and 50% of urban roads are in fairly good condition. Some areas are not even covered by any form of connectivity due to “inadequate funding.”
The project for the construction and rehabilitation of the 159,529km of roads in Uganda is in line with the national Vision 2040 plan. One of the key areas of the plan is the transport sector under which it seeks to I’m[prove a good part of the national road network. The network extends over approximately 130,000 km.