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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.
Moses Otimong, Town Clerk Soroti Municipal Coincil.

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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 Corporation. 

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.

She notes that life has not been easy operating in the open space during rains and urges the authorities to expedite the construction works.