Augustine Turibalungi, the City Principal Works Engineer says they have now opted to remodel the worn-out shopping lanes, pedestrian pathways and street parking lanes with pavers instead of the traditional asphalt material.
The Masaka City Council Roads Committee has resolved to remove
old bitumen and concrete materials in shopping lanes and pedestrian walks, to
have them replaced with movable concrete pavers.
Pedestrian walkways and shopping lanes in
Masaka City are dotted with potholes and uneven terrain that remained after the
old tarmac used to fix them outlived its period, hence being messed up by
either surface runoffs or moving vehicles.
Augustine Turibalungi, the City Principal Works Engineer says
they have now opted to remodel the worn-out shopping lanes, pedestrian pathways
street parking lanes with pavers instead of the traditional asphalt material.
He says the idea was seconded during a stakeholders meeting of
the City Roads Committee which considered it as a viable alternative in terms
of cost and durability.
He indicates that they agreed to pilot the innovation in the
central business area of the city, using the resources allocated them under the
Uganda Road Fund scheme.
According to figures at the Ministry of Finance, Masaka City
Council was allocated One billion shillings under the Uganda Road Fund
program to cater for routine roads maintenance in the urban local government.
Florence Namayanja, the Masaka City Mayor indicates that their
assessment established that the repairing of old tarmac would no longer be of
value because the munch of the material on the pathways and lanes outlived
their initial design and bitumen used in patch up was only staying for a very
According to her, the idea also enables them to share direct
benefits the city among the residents, saying that the money for materials will
be paid to local manufacturers who are residents.
“We want to have a city that has got attractive designs of our
roads and streets such that people can feel the significance of having a city
they clamored for,” she says.
Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba, the Member of Parliament of
Nyendo-Mukungwe division and member to Masaka City Roads Committee,
sees the idea as a cheaper possibility of ridding the town of dust
that usually affects businesses during sunny days.
He adds that unlike bitumen, the pavers can easily allow for
nondestructive repairs on other utility lines and service infrastructure that
are usually laid beneath the roads.
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Meanwhile, Doctor Abed Bwanika, the MP for Kimanya-Kabonera division and Chairperson of the City Roads Committee has tasked the works department to move and open all community access roads to avoid possibilities of people constructing buildings in them.