The Uganda National Roads Authority has directed Kampala Capital City Authority to halt the expansion of the Nsooba-Lubigi drainage channel in Kawempe division. UNRA says the project encroaches on the area designed for the second part of the Northern By pass.
UNRA says the project encroaches on the area designed for the second part of the Northern By pass.
KCCA had contracted Spencon Construction Company for the 20 billion shillings project that started in October 2011.
Over the weekend, UNRA wrote to KCCA to halt the project for close to three months to enable the redesigning of the second track of the road, and the removal of congested roundabouts along the Northern Bypass.
Dan Alinange, the UNRA spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network that there is no problem with the expansion of the Lubigi drainage channel, but that the two parties had not addressed a number of technical matters on design.
He says the expansion of the Lubigi drainage channel is already encroaching on the road reserve, and KCCA plans to include a road on the drainage channel.
According to Alinange, the expansion of the drainage channel shall affect UNRA’s efforts in the redesigning of the Northern Bypass. He says the redesigning includes the removal of the congested Kalerwe, Ntinda and Hoima roundabouts in favor of flyovers.
He says advertisements for the construction work are in April and May while the contracts shall be awarded in August this year, adding that KCCA has to stay their work on the channel for UNRA to be able to perform its work effectively.
Engineer Nassuna Mirembe from KCCA roads section, told URN that there shall be some unforeseeable consequences leading to the extension of the contract period, once the two parties reach an agreement.
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Nassuna says the drainage channel is intended to eliminate flooding in lower Mulago, Nsooba, Bwaise, Kalerwe and Namungona areas.
Kiggundu Tamale, the coordinator Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development project who are funding the project, is hopeful that after the redesigning of the roads the expansion of the drainage channel shall progress.