Moses Otimong, the Soroti Municipal Council Town Clerk, says that much as the contractor, TECHNO 3 Uganda Ltd has completed 95% of the physical works, the finishing might take them up to April due to changes that arose during the monitoring visits by stakeholders.
The completion of Soroti Central Market will
delay by at least two months following changes in the design.
Construction of Soroti Central Market commenced
in March 2018 under the Market and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program
Project-2 MATIP-2 with funding from the African Development Bank.
The works were supposed to last 24 months and be
handed over on February 12th, 2020.
However, the vendors will have to
wait for at least more two months to operate in the much awaited market.
Moses Otimong, the Soroti Municipal Council Town
Clerk, says that much as the contractor, TECHNO 3 Uganda Ltd has completed 95%
of the physical works, the finishing might take them up to April due to changes
that arose during the monitoring visits by stakeholders.
He explained that some works like construction of additional
pit latrines and expansion of stalls from the original design were included in
the scope of work, causing a delay in the planned completion period.
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The Shillings 27 billion project is planned to accommodate
more than 2,000 vendors with provisions for corporate businesses like banking,
radio stations and stationery bureaus among others.
Unlike other modern
markets constructed in different municipalities, Soroti Central Market will be
powered by solar energy for lighting and storage of fresh foods and vegetables.
The facility will also have a solar water
pumping system that is independent from the National Water and Sewerage
The market is designed with translucent iron roofs and will
have 70 CCTV cameras and loud speakers controlled from the office of the
chairperson for easy communication.
Otimong says that once the facility is commissioned, tenants
who fail to pay rent will have their lockups locked up using a central control system.
Stella Asio, one of the vendors along Serere
Road, which currently accommodates the vendors fears for the rains season.
notes that life has not been easy operating in the open space during rains and
urges the authorities to expedite the construction works.