Hawassa to Embellish with New Master Plan

The master plan is designed for the coming decade with a total budget of 12 million Br

Hawassa City, the capital of the Southern Nations, Nationalities & People’s Region (SNNPR), will implement a new master plan for the city that will reduce the eight sub-cities to five this coming September.

The master plan is designed for the following decade with a total budget of 12 million Br by the City’s Urban Planning Institute.

A total of 70 to 80 people participated in the design, with experts from the fields of road-networking and transportation, environment, land use management and rural-urban linkage. The master plan will extend the city to the Hawassa Airport and 10 surrounding kebeles within the SNNPR region.

“The socio-economic, political and environmental impacts of the new plan were assessed,” said Menzimo Gelgle, head of the Institute.

An increase in population plans for a railway line and the need to upgrade Hawassa every other decade, according to provisions by the federal government for cities, necessitated a new plan, according to Menzimo. It will have to be sent to the city council for approval after a couple of months.

The city that is made up of 32 kebeles, has a population of over 350,000 people in its eight districts. Lying on an area of over 157sqkm, the city was founded more than half a century ago by Ras Mangesha Seyoum, who was the administrator of Sidama province. It is a tourist destination with close to a quarter of a million tourists having arrived the past fiscal year.

The city is also home to the Hawassa Industrial Park, which became operational last year at the cost of a quarter of a billion dollars, with three times that amount put aside by the federal government to finance projects there. Such massive investments are not new to the city which also saw Rori Hotel Hawassa, constructed for a cost of 400 million Br, open its doors last year.

Hawassa’s first master plan was prepared by the Municipalities Department, of the-then Ministry of Interior and lasted until 1988. The current plan is known as the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and was prepared by the Federal Urban Planning Institute 11 years ago.

And in designing the new plan, the Institute looked at the experiences of other cities, according to Selamu Bulado, a senior urban planning expert at the Institute which was established a year ago and has 22 permanent employees.

Another city that will recently see a new master plan implemented is Adama City, inside the Oromia Regional State. The region’s Urban Planning Institute designed it for 11 million Br and will replace the 13-year-old master plan.

Woldamlak Bewketu (prof.), an environmentalist with over 15 years of experience at Addis Abeba University (AAU) commends the new masterplan for Hawassa associating it with future development in the city.

“It will be an instrument to avoid further challenges to re-develop and help determine the development stages of an economy,” he told Fortune.


Published on Feb 18,2018 [ Vol 18 ,No 930]



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