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EU ENVOYS SALUTE UNRA FOR ATIAK-LAROPI ROAD PROJECT SUPERVISION

By Mulengera Reporters

A delegation of Ambassadors from the European Union (EU) countries have praised Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) for the great work it is doing as far as the supervision of civil works for the Atiak-Laropi Road Project is concerned.

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Today, the EU Ambassadors, led by the Head of Delegation, Attilio Pacifici, undertook an inspection of the Atiak-Laropi Road Project. The Ambassadors who participated in the progress review of the civil works included those from Germany, Denmark, Austria, and Belgium, among others.

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During the inspection tour, Eng Samuel Muhoozi, the Director of Roads and Bridges at UNRA, represented Executive Director Allen Catherine Kagina. Also in attendance were: Eng Alfred Ogik, the Head of Road Development at the Roads Authority; Eng Ben Kyemba, who represented the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Transport; Eng Levi G Okello, the Project Manager; representatives of STRABAG International Gmbh- Germany, the contractor; and officials from Eptisa Servicios de Ingenieria (from Madrid, Spain), the supervision consultant.

The ambassadors expressed happiness with STRABAG’s mobilization of equipment to continue with the road construction work. They also praised UNRA for its excellent supervision of the road project, further urging the team at the Roads Authority to keep up the good work and ensure that Ugandans reap the benefits that will come with the project. Upon completion, it is hoped that the project, which has been funded by both the EU and Government of Uganda, will improve road transportation and trade facilitation. The upgrading of Atiak-Laropi Road will also increase the connectivity of a number of Northern districts to the national road network and ensure a stable, all-weather connection with the rest of the country.

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For his part, Eng Muhoozi, thanked the ambassadors for taking part in the inspection. “Such engagements are always welcome because they help to foster deeper understanding of such critical projects,” said the UNRA Director of Roads and Bridges, who represented ED Kagina. “We welcome more visits like this; together we can ensure the delivery of great roads and great user experience.”

ABOUT ATIAK-LAROPI ROAD PROJECT

Traversing the districts of Amuru and Adjumani along the Atiak-Moyo-South Sudan border, the 66km road starts in Atiak at a junction off the Gulu-Atiak-Nimule Highway and runs in a north-westerly direction snaking through the trading centres of Dzaipi, Pakele, Adjumani Town and ends at Umi at the Ferry landing site on the Albert Nile.

Civil works on the project, which will see 66km of the Atiak-Laropi Road upgraded from gravel to Class II Bitumen Standard with a carriageway width of 7m and 2m wide shoulders on either side, will cost almost EUR53.9m. The contract for the Supervision Consultant, Eptisa Servicios de Ingenieria, from Spain, is worth about EUR3.8m, and has been running from October 28, 2019. The project duration for the civil works is 30 months, having commenced in June 2020. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us atmulengera2040@gmail.com).

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