The gate was relocated last year to pave way for Chinese Communications Construction Company to reconstruct a new structure that depicts the stature of the university
The gate under construction. Photo by Lawrence Mulondo
In a move to improve city infrastructure, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is set to handle over a newly constructed, wider and redesigned gate at the main entrance of Makerere University
During the inspection of World Bank projects in Kampala, Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP) co-ordinator, Charles Tumwebaze, told the senior urban specialist at the World Bank, Martin Onyach-Olaa, and a team of KCCA officials led by executive director Jennifer Musisi that the works will be handed over to the university at the end of the month.
The gate was relocated last year to pave way for Chinese Communications Construction Company (CCCC) to reconstruct a new structure that depicts the stature of the university.
According to KCCA director of public and corporate affairs, Peter Kaujju, the authority diverted part of Makerere hill road to the university perimeter wall land to allow expansion.
"We have constructed the university's main entrance as a way of compensating the university for part of their land in our road expansion," Kaujju said.
The road to the main gate has been widened to six lanes and fitted with traffic lights at the junction with Makerere hill road, to regulate traffic flow.
The road also has walkways and islands for enhanced safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
Unlike the previous entrance that had hydroelectricity powered lights, new solar lights have been installed on the structure and along the roads to the university entrance.
KCCA has also reconstructed nine roads inside the university as a way of compensating the university and improving the road network of the institution
The Makerere University gate and roads construction is part of the KCCA's five-year project which is estimated to cost $175m (sh638bn) from the World Bank, of which about sh28.6b ($10m) was contributed by government.
The nine roads that stretch to up to 3km are around Livingston Hall, University Hall, Mary Stuart hall, Mitchel Hall, Institute of Technology and, Lumumba Hall.