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Lira District Invests UGX 410m on Low Cost Sealing of Key Roads :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Lira District Invests UGX 410m on Low Cost Sealing of Key Roads

Low-cost sealing technology uses locally available materials so that small-scale contractors can construct roads using relatively little capital and labour-based methods. They provide a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to natural gravel surfaces, with more manageable maintenance requirements and lower transport costs.

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Lira district has injected 410 million Shillings into low-cost sealing on the road leading to Amach Health centre IV and Amach sub-county headquarters.

Low-cost sealing technology uses locally available materials so that small-scale contractors can construct roads using relatively little capital and labour-based methods. They provide a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to natural gravel surfaces, with more manageable maintenance requirements and lower transport costs.

The technology was mainstreamed under the rural transport infrastructure component of the U-Growth Programme and the Government of Uganda's National Development Plan. Now, the district says it's applying the same to cater for 700 meters of the road from corner Amach to Amach Health centre IV and the sub-county.

Currently, the road is characterized by potholes and dust which ends up settling on the facility’s equipment. Lira District Acting Engineer Geoffrey Ongala explains that the road was chosen because of the existence of social services infrastructure such as the health centre, schools, and Amach market which attracts a lot of traffic from neighbouring districts.

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This six-month project to be undertaken by Oryemcan Company Ltd. will include three months of actual work and three months of defect liability management.

Fred Okwee, the Mayor of Amach Town Council says the town council plans to have all access roads well-constructed and believes that the low-cost sealing will achieve its objective of controlling dust from entering the health facility and offices.

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John Moro, a resident of Agali Sub County believes that the development will save the lives of patients who are rushed to the Health centre because the potholes on the road usually cause delays and discomfort.

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Francis Otim, a resident of Alworo cell in Bungamon ward is optimistic that the development will boost their businesses.

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Meanwhile, Griffin Olila, a resident of Ateri village in Banya parish believes that the road should first be expanded before the low-cost sealing is installed because it is too small and the sealing will be eroded in no time.

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In previous years, Lira District has started the installation of low-cost sealing on roads leading to institutions for example Lira University in the then Lira Sub-county and another leading to Dr Obote College Boroboro in the then Adekokwok sub-county. However, with the coming of the city, the two sub-counties were annexed to the city and the district could not continue with the projects.

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