The construction of roads in Fort Portal and Hoima City under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID program hangs in balance because of the refusal of private developers to give way for the road works.
In February, Hoima city with funding from USMID phase 1 embarked on the process of tarmacking 4.28 km of roads within the city center.
The contract for the 30 billion Shillings project was awarded to China Railway 18th Group Limited. The road construction will last for a period of 18 months.
The roads are Percy, Commercial, government, Bikunya, Tank hill, Tayari-Crown-Eka among others.
Currently works like widening of the roads, light grading and opening up of drainage structures, offshoots, drainage drifts, filling potholes, and clearing of top soils are ongoing in some parts of the road project.
However, most landlords with houses constructed along the roads are demanding compensation.
Sylvia Nalumaga, the Hoima City Deputy Mayor says that under the USMID project, there is no component of compensation.
Ms. Sylvia on USMID Project…..
She is concerned that the actions of the developers could stall the project. END.