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JICA Delays UGX 66B Road Project In Gulu

Residents of Gulu Municipality will have to wait another four months before the start of major road repairs on the streets of Gulu town now slated for December this year. Francis Barabanawe, the town clerk of Gulu Municipality says the 6.6-kilometre road stretch will cover 21 streets in the heart of Gulu town.
A junction on Lango Road, one of the roads built under the World Bank-funded USMID Project.

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Residents of Gulu Municipality will have to wait another four months before the start of major road repairs on the streets of Gulu town now slated for December this year.

The latest delay brings to more than a year, the shillings 66-billion-shilling road project by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been on hold.

After more than a year of procurement delays, it was initially scheduled to take off in August having been signed in September last year.

JICA says it is utilising the delay in starting work on the 6.6 Kilometres of roads to assemble adequate road equipment and human resource from Japan.

The development grant is to eliminate some of the gaping potholes on the streets of Gulu Town and rebuild road shoulders damaged by two decades of conflict in the region.

Francis Barabanawe, the town clerk of Gulu Municipality says the 6.6-kilometre road stretch will cover 21 streets in the heart of Gulu town.

He says the project consultant, the contractor and the managers have arrived in Gulu town to mobilise other resources for the works.

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Many of the streets are narrow and filled with large potholes after their pedestrian walkway shoulders fell into disrepair during the two decades of Lord's Resistance Army conflict in the region.

Barabanawe says this delay in rehabilitating the roads has compelled Gulu Municipality to spend millions of shillings in routine maintenance beginning next week.

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Gulu Municipality has paved and upgraded more than 10 kilometres of roads under the 160-million-dollar World Bank development grant to support 14 municipalities in Uganda.

George Labeja, the Mayor of Gulu Municipality says the coming of JICA is a huge boost to the development project.