Transport Ministry institutes board to regulate public utility bodies

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The Ministry of Works and Transport has instituted a board to regulate excavation works on Kampala City roads by public utility providers. The Committee will also harmonize all activities of utility providers to avoid uncoordinated cuttings on the city roads. The 10 member Committee comprises of officials from KCC, the Ministries of Works and Transport, ICT, Uganda Communications Commission, Uganda Electricity Regulatory Authority, the Police and NEMA. John Byabagambi the State Minister for Works says that the committee will be mandated with formulating policy guidelines for carrying out excavation works along road reserves, open spaces and across the roads. The public utility providers to be monitored include telecommunication companies, UMEME, National Water and Sewerage Corporation and Rift Valley Railways. Susan Kataike the Ministry's Spokesperson says that most of the contractors engaged in the excavation and trenching for various utility services lack the capacity and experience to reinstate the road works. The Committee will vet selected consultants and contractors engaged by the public utilities to reinstate the road works and propose better practices of handling public utility cuttings and reinstatements. They will also propose punitive measures for utilities that do not comply with the required standards. //Cue in: iAny Company wants to#. Cue out: #been ruining our roads.i// The Public Utility Board instituted in the 1960's collapsed more than two decades ago because the bodies were unable to meet the conditions of loans acquired to rehabilitate and reconstruct their networks. The Ministry of works is to set up a fund to facilitate the activities of the Committee.

 

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