Demolitions Underway at Centenary Park

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Tenants at the park are racing against time to clear properties from the structures in the presence of a team of police personnel and SOGEA contractors, the company implementing the project on behalf of National Water.

The much anticipated demolition of structures at Centenary Park in Kampala is underway.

The demolition comes days after a directive by parliaments committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-COSASE to pave way for the construction of a booster pumping station by National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC.

The work is part of a bigger project which includes an interconnection with the low level system in Nakasero, laying a new 5km transmission line from Centenary Park to Naguru Reservoir and installation of a booster station at Centenary Park.

The booster station is expected to add 6 million liters of water per day to the Naguru Reservoir and boost supply to parts of Ntinda, Bukoto, Kisaasi, Kulambiro, Najjera, Kyanja, Kungu and Buwaate, all suburbs of Kampala.

The Director of Engineering Services at NWSC Engineer Alex Gisagara says the service provider is now clearing obstacles to pave way for excavation and pipe alignment.

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Tenants at the park are racing against time to clear properties from the structures in the presence of a team of police personnel and SOGEA contractors, the company implementing the project on behalf of National Water.

By press time four popular restaurants had been razed, according to our reporter on the site. They include Choma, Blue Africa bar, Best Chinese Restaurant and Indian Restaurant.

Other projects due to take place on the same land include the Kampala Flyover and Road Reconstruction Project undertaken by Uganda National Roads Authority -UNRA and the construction of a power substation by Umeme Limited.

The projects had been delayed by controversies on the management of the park located along Kitante Road and Jinja Road in the heart of Kampala following the expiry of a management contract awarded to M/S Nalongo Estates Ltd over ten years ago.

M/S Nalongo Estates Ltd, a company owned by city business woman Sarah Kizito, was expected to among others, develop bridal gardens and to maintain the area as a green public open space. She has in the recent past put up a spirited fight to stop the demolition of structures at the park, prompting the probe by the committee of Parliament.

However, her husband Godfrey Nyakaana says that directives by the parliamentary committee in relation to the project were unlawful.

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