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Construction of Two USMID Funded Roads Starts in Moroto

Stella Aluka, a businesswoman along Jie Road hopes standard roads will improve the delivery of goods to the stores. She also says that with the security lights in place, theft and housebreakings could reduce when businesses register a boom.
Part of Lopeduru road closed off for the works

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The construction of Jie and Lopeduru roads that stretch inside Moroto’s business area has started with funding from the Uganda Support for Municipal Infrastructure Development- USMID.   

The Shillings 5.9 billion funded by the government and the World Bank will see the laying of 800meters of tarmac in the central business district of Moroto municipality. The roads also lead to Moroto Central Market whose construction has been completed.   

The market is due to be commissioned on Tuesday next week. The road works will take I year and 3 months effective July. Local authorities have warned the contractor, Al-Nuaimi and Group and Abubaker Technical Services Limited to ensure they complete the work within the contract period.

The business community is keen on the project with huge prospects for the business. Stella Aluka, a businesswoman along Jie Road hopes standard roads will improve the delivery of goods to the stores. She also says that with the security lights in place, theft and housebreakings could reduce when businesses register a boom.

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Aluka urges the contractor to use good materials on site so as to attain quality work and value for money.

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Peter Lobur, another businessman operating a retail shop in Labor Line Village, says that as business people they have accepted to remove their structures and demolish part of the affected buildings because they support the project that benefits all. He says they are hoping for the success of the project.

“This is development and we are pro-development. We have moved away from the reserve to pave the way, so we are hoping the project is delivered to us in time,” he told our reporter. 

The Deputy Mayor of Moroto Municipality, Mary Nachap says that as a council they selected the two road sections in order to give the business area a facelift with the aim of improving business. She explains that the project is to boost business and improve access to the central market whose roads lack drainage leading to numerous potholes.

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The two roads will be built to first-class standard tarmac. The works include installation of security lights, landscaping, drainage, planting of trees and flowers. The roads will be 12.5 meters wide with two lanes, a parking lane, a riding lane and two walkways for pedestrians.

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