By Samuel Balagadde
The construction of an $8.6m (about sh29bn) modern inland railway container depot (ICD) has been completed.
The depot situated at Kyetume in Mukono is deemed the biggest so far in the country.
The project was funded by World Bank and managed by the ministry of works and transport in line with the East African trade facilitation program, according to the Uganda Railways Corporation (URC).
The biggest has so far been the one at the URC Good’s Shed at the URC headquarters in Kampala, which is on a limited space.
According to URC officer in charge of the project, Eng. Emmanuel Lyamulemye, the ICD constructed on a 13-acre piece of land will be expanded to cover another extra 13 acres.
URC engineers Emmanuel Lyamulemye (2nd-R) and Charles Kateeba (R) inspect the facility with others. (Credit: Samuel Balagadde)
Its current capacity is 1,644 containers with an average of 6,500 annually, with enough parking space for container trucks.
The facility, according to Lyamulemye, will be operated and managed by the Rift Valley Railways (RVR), currently holding the concession for URC.
Construction of the depot was done by Chinese company China Jiangxi International, Lyamulemye said. He added that it has CCTV cameras, a 500 KV standby generator, automated firefighting system and a weighbridge.
Eng. Charles Kateeba, URC acting managing director, said the facility will help the Ugandan business community save money because it will cut goods transportation costs substantially.