ADJUMANI. A team of officials from Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has started carrying out feasibility studies for the proposed bridge on river Nile that will connect Adjumani to Moyo district via Omi and Laropi ferry landing sites.
The team visited the different stakeholders of the two districts on Thursday and held meetings on both sides to ascertain the prospects of the bridge on the Nile which has for years been an impediment for the locals in terms of transport.
The officials said as the project is still at its initial stage, engineering designs are ongoing alongside environmental impact assessment.
Mr Bernard Matovu, an environmentalist with UNRA noted that UNRA is cognisant about the environmental damages that will come with the project and as a result, mitigation measures have already been put in place.
He called upon the community to slow down their expectations since UNRA has already taken up concerns of the environment into consideration.
But Mr Job Mundara, the district councilor representing Pachara sub-county to Adjumani district council noted that he is dismayed to see that the design and the study for the bridge is being done without tarmacking the Atiak - Ummi road that has taken close to 30 years.
Mundara wondered how the project will be actualized when it is bigger than the Atiak - Ummi road which has not been done.
“The problem is you (UNRA) have too many projects; if the road from Atiak to Ummi has not started 30 years down the road, how long will this multi-billion project of the bridge take?” Mundara asked.
However, Mr Moses Mugerwa, the deputy resident district commissioner Adjumani allayed fears of the stakeholders and assured them that what-ever government has planned will always be implemented.
He commended UNRA for choosing to undertake a feasibility study for the proposed bridge on the river.
Mugerwa appealed to stakeholders to have high hopes that the government will deliver its promise of constructing the bridge.