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Sh105b Northern Bypass work to start this month

By Vision Reporter

Added 3rd May 2004 03:00 AM

Work on the Kampala Northern Bypass will start this month after the European Union (EU), the project’s lead financier, releases the first installment of the allocated grant on May 15, a senior Government official has said.

Work on the Kampala Northern Bypass will start this month after the European Union (EU), the project’s lead financier, releases the first installment of the allocated grant on May 15, a senior Government official has said.

By Ricks Kayizzi

Work on the Kampala Northern Bypass will start this month after the European Union (EU), the project’s lead financier, releases the first installment of the allocated grant on May 15, a senior Government official has said.

The director of the Road Agency Formation Unit (RAFU), Bernard Sperring, said the agreement for provision of euros47.5m (sh105b) for the work was signed in March 2003.

“A major condition in the agreement was that Government acquires at least 90% of the road reserve required for construction before the EU commits itself to financing the work,” Sperring said.

This was during a meeting with MPs on the transport committee at Parliament recently.

The briefing preceded a tour of the project sites in Busega, Naalya, Kyebando, Kalerwe, Bwaise, Namungoona and Bweyogerere among others.

He said all the conditions required before constructing the 21km road had been met.

“Due to RAFU’s policy of outsourcing contracting and consulting services, the project work and supervision have been tendered under international and restricted bidding respectively,” Sperring said.

He said the contractor of the 30-month project was M/s Salini Costruttori SpA, who will receive about sh98b, while the supervisor’s (RAFU) representative will be M/s BCEOM, which will be paid sh4.3b.

The cost of land acquisition is sh18b.

Ugaserve Consultants were contracted to pay off the claimants and displaced people within the project area who are about 1,600 families.

The bypass is intended to reduce traffic congestion in the city centre by providing a relatively congestion-free route connecting the major radial route to the east, north and west of Kampala.

Sh105b Northern Bypass work to start this month

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