The Minister of Infrastructure has said that plans are underway to come up with the national Transport Master Plan that will indicate areas that need to be prioritized in road construction.
According to Minister Linda Bihire, the master plan will help the Ministry have a clearer picture of the number of roads that need to be constructed and help in allocating funds for the construction work.
Bihire said that the master plan will rotate around the draft bill in parliament that obliges people around the country to live in estates popularly known as Imidugudu.
“You see, we cannot construct roads when people are settled in a disorganized manner because we cannot be able to construct roads to everyone’s home. So if people settle in planned locations, it will be easy for us to plan well and avail infrastructures such as roads.”
The Minister also revealed that the study project to put up road signs along major roads in the country had been completed and that they would be in place early next year.
Speaking during a televised debate, the Permanent Secretary in Mininfra, Marie Rose Mukasine, explained that the newly introduced roads maintenance fund would ensure that road maintenance is guaranteed and also provide employment to the people near the roads.
“Lack of maintenance to these roads has been causing their destruction in a short time. But the percentage deducted from the fuel consumption is going to help keep the roads in the country in good condition and save the government expenditures on reconstructing these roads all the time,” she said.