The wall, 120metres long and 2 metres deep, is expected to protect the road from flooding due to increasing water levels of Lake Victoria, as experienced mid this year.
The protective wall is 120 metres long and 2metres deep
The Uganda National Roads Authority- UNRA has erected a retaining wall at Kitubulu section along the Entebbe-Kampala
The wall, 120 metres long and 2 metres deep, is expected to protect the road
from flooding caused by the increasing water levels of Lake Victoria. In May, floods
submerged the lake shores, beach lines and surrounding areas.
Lake Victoria water levels across Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania
increased drastically, from 12 meters in October 2019 to 13.48 meters in May
2020, the highest level ever recorded in 50 years.
UNRA first carried out emergency works by dropping sandbags to
block the lake from flooding the road. Over 6,000 sandbags were placed
along Kitubulu section.
UNRA has now erected a protective wall along the roadside. The wall is
made up of gabion baskets (or big cages) filled with rocks and placed on a firm
foundation separated by sandbags along the lake shores.
Construction of the wall was done by the Chinese Communications
Construction Company (CCCC), the contractors of the 51-kilometre
Kampala- Entebbe Expressway at no fee because it is covered within the
three-year warranty period.
Allan Ssempebwa Kyobe, UNRA's manager Media Relations, says that
UNRA is engaging with Katabi Town Council leaders and the Entebbe Deputy
Residential District Commissioner, Njuki Mbabali on protecting the swamp along
the Entebbe- Kampala road in Kitubulu to improve on drainage.
James Odongo, a welder and resident of Katabi-Busambaga in Entebbe
municipality commends UNRA for erecting the protective wall because the
sandbags would not be effective during the prolonged heavy downpour.
Juma Kalyango, another resident of Kitubulu village in Katabi Town
Council, says that UNRA should consider constructing a flyover for Kitubulu
section or tarmac Katabi Kanonakali-Abaita Ababiri road as an alternative route.
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