CHOGM Streetlight Project to be Complete by October 31

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The installation of streetlights in Kampala City ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will be complete by early November.

Samson Bagonza, Chief Engineer in the Ministry of Works and Transport, says DOTT Services the company contracted to install the streetlights is laying cables and erecting poles for the lights. He is confident that the work will be complete by the first week of November.

According to the project plan the lights will be placed on 89 roads in Kampala, at five busy junctions and nine open parks.

Samson Bagonza says the installation of the cables and poles for the streetlights will be complete within the next two weeks.

Although there is a lot of work already being done on the streetlights, the progress of the road rehabilitation project is slightly questionable.

The Ministry of Works had set a September deadline for the completion of all road works ahead of the Commonwealth meeting. However it is clear that a considerable amount of work is far behind schedule.

Work on the Salaama-Munyonyo road is only half done. The Salaama-Munyonyo road is one of only two routes to the main conference venue at Speke Resort Munyonyo. The second route, Ggaba Road is partially complete.

Work on Nile Avenue, the road to Serena Hotel, the site of the grand opening of the conference has only just begun. Sterling Construction Company, which was contracted to carry out the road repairs, has blocked of an entire lane of the road to try to complete the work in record time.

Samson Bagonza attributes the delays to the recent heavy rain. He is optimistic that all work will be complete by the end of October.