The Uganda National Roads Authority is set to demolish the existing Clock Tower structure to pave way for construction of a Circular pedestrian bridge and a new tower square/structure.
According to a statement issued from the authority, this is part of the Kampala flyover project which aims at reducing traffic jam in the city.
The sh224 billion project, undertaken by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) involves the construction of flyovers at the Clock Tower, and at Kitgum House as one of the initiatives to decongest the city.
The project will also cover the widening of Nsambya and Mukwano Road and improvements of interfacing roads and junctions.
But the Executive Director of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Allen Kagina says that any delays in the project will be met with a fine of $81,000 (298.2 million Shillings), in line with the terms of the contract.
“When you translate that, it comes to 300 million Shilling per day if the equipment is standing idle. It is in the agreement, it is anticipated that when the contractor is given commencement, he must have access to land. Any delay means he will not work, when he doesn’t work, the contract requires that he charges,” Kagina explained.
The project will see another flyover erected at Kitgum house on Jinja road widening Nsambya and Mukwano roads.
The authority meanwhile reveals that the Japanese contractor for the project, Shimizu-Konoike JV has been undertaking demarcations and excavation as preparatory touches.
Currently, screw piles and concrete pavement have been placed at the site to guide traffic.
The project is expected to be complete within 36 months.
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