The Uganda National Roads Authority UNRA Executive Director, Allen Kagina has said delay of the construction of Northern bypass has been caused by relocation of utilities and swampy topography of the area.
The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Executive Director, Allen Kagina has said delay of the construction of Northern bypass has been caused by relocation of utilities and the swampy topography of the area.
Responding to questions from journalists during the Ministry of Works and Transport manifesto week presentation on Wednesday, Kagina explained that swampy topography of the area where northern bypass is passing has often caused change of designs, causing the delay of the project.
The expansion was flagged off in February 2015 with completion date of 2017, funded by the European Union (EU providing a €uros67m (Shs246b) grant. The contract was awarded to Portuguese Company, Mota Engil after a protracted bidding process. The expansion works include removing all roundabouts and replacing them with flyovers at Kalerwe, Busega, Ntinda, Kisaasi and Namungoona/Lubigi.
Kagina said contractors often encounter unanticipated challenges, causing the review of designs. This, she said cause delay in the project completion.
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Generally, road projects, Kagina argued are held back by Uganda's complicated land tenure system. " Land belongs to the people. For us to acquire land to construct these roads, it means we must go to the owner not any other person. We look for titled owners. Then government chief valuer attach value to the land, but some people then come to dispute value attached to their land. This is a long process," she said.
On the cost of roads, Kagina warned that Ugandans should stop clamouring for cheap roads. The pricing of roads is largely dependent on road designs. She argued that Uganda is constructing roads that can last for 20yrs and bridges that can last 100yrs.
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