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Kalangala gets $40m infrastructure

By Vision Reporter

Added 22nd January 2009 03:00 AM

THE Government and Kalangala Infrastructure Services (KIS) have signed a $40m agreement for the development and rehabilitation of infrastructure in Kalangala district.

THE Government and Kalangala Infrastructure Services (KIS) have signed a $40m agreement for the development and rehabilitation of infrastructure in Kalangala district.

By Ibrahim Kasita

THE Government and Kalangala Infrastructure Services (KIS) have signed a $40m agreement for the development and rehabilitation of infrastructure in Kalangala district.

Prof Semakula Kiwanuka, the investment state minister, signed on behalf of the Government, while John Opiro, the KIS managing director, endorsed the deal on behalf of his firm.
The project has four components; ferry transport, provision of power, access roads and water, which will be executed within 24 months.

Opiro said the firm will build and commission two modern commercial ferries to ply the Masaka-Bugala Island route.

It will also construct a 1.1MW solar power plant and a distributions network across the main island.

On the road development component, Opiro said, KIS would upgrade the 66km road on the main island to a class B gravel road.

The firm will also develop the water supply system for several fish landing sites, rehabilitate and expand the water reticulation system for the main town.
Opiro said Kalangala infrastructure project was launched by InfraCo Ltd, a donor-funded development firm, established by the Private Infrastructure Development Group, (PIDG).

The group includes aid agencies from Britain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Ireland and Sweden.

“The objective of InfraCo is to stimulate greater private sector involvement in infrastructure development in least developed countries,” he said.
“The project will be financed with a $21m loan from a consortium of banks.

“It will be enhanced by a partial credit guarantee from the USAID.”
Kiwanuka said the project would meet the growing demand for infrastructure.

Kalangala gets $40m infrastructure

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