Allan Ssempebwa, the UNRA the Deputy Spokesperson says the diversion is intended to allow their technical teams enough space to carry out emergency repairs without inconveniences from motorists.
UNRA technical teams trying to fix the collapsed section of Lwera
Public transport costs for passengers
using the Kampala-Masaka highway have been increased after the Uganda National
Roads Authority -UNRA technical team diverted traffic to carry out repairs on the
failed sections of the road.
Last night, a section of the
Kampala-Masaka highway collapsed after culverts used to fix the road in Lwera
wetland between Kalungu and Mpigi districts broke, leading to disruption of traffic
flow on either sides of the road.
Although the UNRA technical
teams have since morning been fixing the road, they are yet to complete the
works, a situation that has led to long queues of vehicles stagnated on both
sides of the road.
Apparently, Uganda National
Roads Authority-UNRA technical teams undertaking the emergency repairs have
diverted traffic advising motorists to use the alternative route of
Mpigi-Kanoni through Sembabule-Villa Maria to Masaka.
Allan Ssempebwa, the UNRA
the Deputy Spokesperson says the diversion is intended to allow their technical
teams enough space to carry out emergency repairs without inconveniences from and to motorists.
People traveling from Kampala are required to
turn-off from Mpigi town and drive for about 106 kilometers up to Nyendo in
Masaka municipality before rejoining the highway to the western axis.
Ssempebwa says they expect
the repairs to completed by the end of the day, calling upon the motorists and passengers
to be a little more patient.
//Cue in: “we had a culvert failure….
Cue out; ….as a coincidence.”//
However, the traffic
diversion has taken a heavy toll on passengers after drivers hiked transport fares through
the alternative route.
Lilian Nabukalu, one of the
affected passengers indicate that they have been made to pay more than two times
from the usual transport charge from Masaka-to-Kampala.
She says instead of the
usual Ushs 20,000, the driver instead asked them to pay Shillings 50,000 after
he took the route through Gomba.
“The experience is so tough
if one wants to complete the journey, you either pay the fees or cancel the
journey,” she says.
Similarly, some boda boda
riders are also taking advantage of the emergency to overcharge passengers that
wish to cross from either side of the road.