The hydropower project located in Kiryandongo District, is due for commissioning in December next year, the construction company’s Vice-President, Wang Yantao confirmed.
According to the Monitor, Yantao was updating the state minister for energy, Simon D’Ujanga on the progress of the work, which commenced construction works in December 2013.
#Quote: “Construction of the #Karuma Hydro Power Project started on 16th December 2013. We have so far registered commendable milestones with an overall physical progress at 68% as at end of September 2017, albeit with some challenges.” – @UEGCL_CEO pic.twitter.com/thEQcOmFiP
— UEGCL (@UegclOfficial) November 10, 2017
“The 600MW Karuma Hydro Power project is one of such big hydro power projects under construction and that once complete will provide reliable and affordable electricity to our people,” D’Ujanga said.
Although the completion of the hydropower project is something to be celebrated, some Ugandans are not happy with the development.
The LC1 chairman for Karuma, Severino Opio, revealed that residents are unhappy with government because in their view they have been neglected throughout the project development. Read more…
“As I know the project is almost coming to an end but there is nothing being done for the community,” Opio said.
Skills development through hydropower project
Oyam District chairperson, Nelson Adea Akar, stated that it would be fair for the developer to employ residents as one way of making the community own the project.
However, responding to the complaints the chief executive officer of Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited, Harrison Mutikanga, explained that their priority was to concentrate on the hydropower project.
“The hydropower project has progressed significantly and we are now embarking on the second stage, which is the employers’ facilities and next will be the community development action plan,” Mutikanga said.
— UEGCL (@UegclOfficial) September 27, 2017
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