Total Uganda is championing the move to decongest the Kampala city center with fuel stations, which has remained a big concern to the safety of city dwellers.
Officials at Total Uganda told Chimpreports over the weekend about the company’s plan to have gas station services moved away from the heart of Kampala.
Over the past years concerns have been raised about the growing number of petrol stations in the city and their proximity to each other.
In 2007, there was an estimated 500 fuel stations in the city center and the number is expected to have more than doubled.
Speaking at the opening of the new Total fuel station in Najjera, the company’s retail manager Alan Omuron said an elaborate plan was being implemented to have stations set in the outskirts to ease on the congestion in the city center.
He mentioned that one of the causes of heavy traffic jam in Kampala is that many drivers are seeking fuel station services that are not sufficiently available in the suburban towns and residential areas.
“Fortunately a number of residential areas are sprouting outside the city and we intend to bank on this to move away from the city center, close to the customers.
Alan said Total Uganda, which now boosts of over 120 stations around the country, will be setting up at least five more every year, away from the city center.
These he said will be fitted with various service points such supermarkets, restaurants, coffee shops and car service.
Members of Parliament recently call for action against the proliferating number of fuel stations in Kampala and the dangers that they pose in case of a fire outbreak.
The MPs on the Natural Resources Committee of Parliament said that the stations are too close to each other and other installations like hospitals, schools and markets.
However, Energy and Mineral Development Minister Irene Muloni told the MPs that most of the petrol stations were licensed before the Petroleum Supply Act and the Petroleum Supply Regulations were put in place.