By Our Reporter
The Saaka swamp crossing that connects Pallisa to Kaliro district has been opened to the public one year ahead of schedule.
This was revealed by UNRA in a public statement issued today, 12th February, 2024 by the Uganda Media Center
The Saaka Swamp crossing, a crucial interlink to Pallisa and Kaliro districts, had seemed impassable for any form of vehicle and cycle. In 2020, devastating floods caused damage and affected the 3.6 km swamp crossing above River Mpologoma.
Unfortunately, this led to the loss of lives as locals attempted to navigate their way through the porous interlink with a motorcade. Subsequently, with motorable transport coming to a halt, the rest of the community had to resort to canoes as a viable means of transport.
However, the once gloomy and impassable point is now filled with vehicles and motorcycles adorned with smiles and chants of gratitude, as the crossing has been opened to the public.
A jovial Engineer, Anguria Paul of UNRA, exclaimed, “The community has expressed their appreciation for the road, district leaders, and stakeholders. They are very happy.”
“This section we are standing on was initially cut off by floods, forcing people to use alternative routes.” Anguria adds.
The devastating effects led to the government’s intervention dubbed the emergency reconstruction of the Saaka Bridge.
The project commenced on 15th July 2022, with a duration of 30 months, six months dedicated to design, and 24 months for construction. “Our contractors were awarded a contract for constructing a bridge of 64 meters and clearance of 7.5 height,” said Abdel Rhman, Project Manager.
Abdel, however, disclosed that by the end of February 2024, works will be complete, and the project set for commissioning. “We are almost finishing the project now, at 18 months, and yet the duration was initially planned for 30 months,” Abdel remarked.
The Saaka bridge, spanning 64 meters with a lifespan of 120 years, will enhance connectivity, reducing transport expenses and distances by approximately 60 kilometers from Mbale-Tirinyi to Pallisa-Kaliro-Kampala.