Construction Of Bugala Island Road Begins In Kalangala

tadalafil geneva;”>sick sans-serif; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;”>The road which runs from the ferry docks, through Kalangala town to the southern tip township called Mulabana, will be expanded and upgraded to qualify as a national road by the Central Government.

The Government of Uganda is partnering with Kalangala Infrastructure Services Ltd (KIS) to develop the road, ferry, water and power infrastructure in Kalangala.

In the ceremony held on Friday in Bugala Island, the Managing Director of KIS, John Opiro said this upgraded road is expected to dramatically improve the transport situation and socio- economic conditions in Kalangala.

“We are very excited to be starting this project which we believe will play a very important role in improving the socio economic conditions on the island. People on the island have faced challenges moving themselves and goods from one side of the island to the other especially during the rainy season when the road is almost impassable, this improved road will change all that because it will be a lot wider and built for all weather conditions,” he said.

Expansion and upgrade of the road is one of the four components which KIS is right now undertaking on Bugala Island under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the Government of Uganda.

Kalangala Infrastructure Services John Opiro(right) leads a delegation including the State Minister for Works Hon. John Byabagambi (left) and Spencon Director G.N.R Reddy (centre) during the ground breaking ceremony of the 66KM main Island road in Bugala Island

In his remarks at the ceremony, Hon. Byabagambi said, “This project was conceived by government to support the infrastructure needs of Kalangala District and also support the BIDCO palm oil project developer on the Bugala Islands.”

The government and the project developer, KIS signed an implementation Agreement in January 2009.

He applauded the project developer for delivering one of the ferries and the ferry landings to suite the new ferry.

“We expect to deliver the second ferry by the end of 2013 so that the Bukakata-Luuku route has two ferries moving in tandem,” he added.

The Minister also assured the people of Kalangala that KIS will operate the ferries free of charge to the users and the government will meet the operating costs.

“The Uganda National Roads Authority and the Transport Licencing Board shall continue to supervise the operations of KIS to ensure a reliable and safe ferry service between Kalangala and Masaka,” said Hon Byabagambi.

Last year KIS delivered the first of the two ferries the MV pearl which replaced the government run MV Bukakata which had served the Masaka Bugala route for over 20 years.

The MV Pearl has since been running efficiently for 11 months on a 5 trip daily schedule between Bukakata and Luku. The second ferry is under construction in Mwanza- Tanzania, it will be delivered early next year.

Construction of the road is by SpenCon, a Ugandan civil contractor with considerable experience in large scale road works. The project is expected to be completed within 12 months.


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