KAMPALA – Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on Monday unveiled a pilot traffic control centre that is set to monitor and manage the performance of the traffic network in the city.
While addressing Journalists at her office on Monday, KCCA outgoing executive director, Jennifer Semakula Musisi noted that, traffic congestion was one of the key issues KCCA has been trying to address over the last seven years.
She explained that the traffic control centre will help in monitoring the radio communications of field activities for the traffic wardens, ambulances, enforcement staff and security personnel.
“The centre is currently used to monitor traffic at the 12 city signalised junctions through surveillance cameras,” Ms Musisi said.
The junctions include; Gaddafi Road, Makerere Main Gate, Junjju junction, Bwaise junction, Fairway junction, Kira Road police station, Kabira 1 and Kabira 2.
Others are; Bukesa next to Mengo senior secondary school along Hoima road, Nakulabye junction, Sir Apollo Kagwa Road and Kyadondo Road.
Ms Musisi thanked the World Bank, under the Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP-2), the infrastructure support of the ministry of ICT through NITA-U and C-Square Ltd, for working hand in hand with the Uganda Police and in particular the traffic and safety directorate to finance the project.
“The traffic control centre is also capable of remote strategic control and it can remotely monitor and correct faults at the signals. For instance, if one of the red lights at the junction failed, a notification would be sent to the in-station unit so that people in the control room can alert traffic officers,” she said.
This new development comes at a time when city traffic lights have been experiencing technical hitches, causing a heavy traffic gridlock.
KCCA further plans to scale the implementation of traffic control centre with more signalised and connected junctions in the next four years.
Ms Musisi noted that the 75 junctions will be funded by World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Government of Uganda and the African Development Bank (ADB).
According to KCCA’s work plan, the future traffic control room shall have among others; a wall map showing the road network, monitor traffic conditions on the road network, parking guidance facilities and disaster management facilities.
AIGP Dr Steven Kasiima, the Director Traffic and Road Safety applauded KCCA for this milestone which he said would help police apprehend reckless drivers.
“With the help of these cameras we shall just be looking into records in case of any accident and arrest those drivers who always knock people and runaway,” he said.