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Heavy Rains Slow Down Construction of Gulu City Landfill

Christo Balmoi Omara, the Gulu City Engineer, says that the project included the construction of waste cells, offices, a warehouse for sorting garbage and a weighbridge.
A heap of uncollected garbage at Gulu Main Market - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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The construction of the Shillings 3.5 billion landfill in Gulu City has suffered a setback due to the heavy rains being experienced in different parts of the country. 

Geomax Construction Company is undertaking the project on a 7-acre piece of land in Agwee Ward in Pece –Laroo Division.

The work kicked off in June and is expected to be completed by January next year. 

Christo Balmoi Omara, the Gulu City Engineer, says that the project included the construction of waste cells, offices, a warehouse for sorting garbage and a weighbridge.

 

He, however, says that the heavy rain being experienced in the region has slowed down work. 

Balmoi explains that since the landfill is being constructed in a low-lying area, the site normally floods whenever it rains forcing the contractor to first drain the water before continuing with work.

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Balmoi revealed that the city authority will soon review the contractor’s catch-up plan including working on Sundays to complete the work within the stipulated eight months.

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The landfill construction is jointly funded by the German Development Bank –KFW and German Development Corporation –GIZ and supervised by FICHTNER Water and Sanitation.

Robert Towler, the Team Leader of FICHTNER Water and Sanitation Project in Gulu has advised Gulu city to buy more land for expansion, saying the one under construction will only serve for four years.    

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