JAPAN has provided $6.5m (about sh10b) for extension of power to rural areas in Masaka. The project, which involves construction of a 33KV line from Nyendo in Masaka town to Bukakata, will tee off at Lambu Landing Site and cover 53km. It will supply nine trading centres.
The trading centres are Kayugi/Serinya, Sunga I and II, Kigo, Bunaddu, Bukakata, Kachanga, Nabugabo camp and Lambu Landing Site.
Construction is expected to start in February 2009. The main contractor is Nishizawa Corporation, while the sub-contractors are Japanese firms, Kiden Corporation and Dyden Corporation. Ferdsult Engineering is the local firm.
The funds will cater for construction of the high voltage lines, protection, metering, switching and transformers.
The Government will provide sh1.7b for low-voltage networks, bush clearing, an automatic voltage regulator and the taxes.
At the groundbreaking ceremony held at Luvule Primary School, Keiichi Kato, the Japanese ambassador, said the project was designed to accelerate rural development.
â€œFishing is one of Ugandaâ€™s emerging export industries. I hope this project will contribute to increasing the growth of the industry in the region and generate more income for local people,â€ he said.
â€œThe project will also be implemented in Kagadi/Nunteme in Hoima and Kibale districts at the first stage.â€
Kato said the second stage, which would be implemented next year, would cover Nabitende/Itanda in Iganga and Bugeso/Iwemba in Bugiri. A total of 161km of grid lines will be extended.
Daudi Migereko, the energy minister, said: â€œOur view is to fight poverty at landing sites by providing power at an affordable price. All landing sites will receive electricity.â€
Japan gives $6.5m for rural power