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Lira City Launches Second Phase of USMID Project

The money will also be used to maintain Obangakene, Noteber, Aber, Olwol 0.534, Uhuru and Boundary roads. Part of the funds will also cater for the completion of the Coronation Park and construction of one children's park at Adyel Division in Lira City West Division, with construction works to be undertaken by Al-Nuiami Group, Abubaker Technical Service, and Segamu 14 Consults Ltd.
One of the roads to be rehabilitated

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Lira City has rolled out the second phase of the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) Project.  The five-year World Bank-funded project is designed to improve infrastructure in municipalities.

Al-Nuiami Group and Abubaker Technical Services were awarded the 37.6 Billion Shillings contract.

The money will also be used to maintain Obangakene, Noteber, Aber, Olwol 0.534, Uhuru and Boundary roads.  Part of the funds will also cater for the completion of the Coronation Park and construction of one children's park at Adyel Division in Lira City West Division, with construction works to be undertaken by Al-Nuiami Group, Abubaker Technical Service, and Segamu 14 Consults Ltd.

Freddie Owiny, the Lira City Engineer attributed the delays to commence works to failure to review the design that needs consultation and erecting the site camp among others. Phase-II of the project was halted when some residents ran to court accusing the authorities of encroaching onto their land.

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Owiny asked the traders especially those operating along the roads marked for rehabilitation to vacate ahead of time to avoid inconveniences when the physical work begins.

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The commencement of the USMID program has left some vendors who have been operating on the road reserves worried about being displaced by the works. 

Fiona Ameto, a vendor long Note Ber Road says once their container is removed from the street, they will find trouble operating their business because she believes that the city council won’t allow them to hawk along the streets. 

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The program, which is now in its fifth year of implementation, has seen the rehabilitation of several roads in Lira City under Phase I.  They include Obote Avenue, Soroti, Kwania, Maruzi, Aduku road, Aroma lane and beautification of Lira Main round and about and Coronation Park that cost a sum of 11 Billion Shillings.

The works were implemented by Abubakar Technical Services Limited under the first phase which started in 2014.

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