Developers Encroach on Fire Escape Routes

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Sarah Namuwanga, a trader a long Kutch road says developers have encroached on the fire escape routes. She says this has led to congestion, which may affect rescue operations in times of emergency.

The law enforcement department of Jinja municipality has come under fire from residents and councilors for failing stop developers from setting up illegal structures along fire escape routes in the town. Fire escape routes are small access roads left for use in case of emergencies.

However, most of the access routes in Jinja municipality host kiosks, which makes it difficult for fire vehicles to access certain areas during emergencies. The most affected areas include Gokhale, Kutch, Nizam, Clive, Iganga and main street road. Sarah Namuwanga, a trader a long Kutch road says developers have encroached on the fire escape routes.

She says this has led to congestion, which may affect rescue operations in times of emergency. Julius Batambuze, the LC I Main street West village says even the fire escape route from police station is blocked. He says in addition to putting people’s businesses at risk in case of fire outbreaks it has also led to insecurity and poor sanitation sincegarbage trucks cannot access the area.

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Bernard Twine, the Jinja municipality works secretary blames the encroachment on the fire escape routes on illegal developers. He says most of the developers didn’t submit their plans to the municipality for approval. Rogers Turinawe, the Fire Officer Jinja Central police station advises the municipality to correct the errors since this is likely to affect their rescue operations.

David Kyasanku, the town clerk Jinja municipal council says the development in the town has been taken over by speculators.

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