Thursday March 27 2014

City body installs solar street lights

By Stephen Wandera

Kampala Capital City Authority has embarked on a pilot project to install new street solar lights seven years after a similar venture failed to light part of Entebbe Road.

According to the authority’s spokesperson, Mr Peter Kaujju, the pilot project is expected to be rolled out through the city if it shows positive results.

“This is part of a grant worth $500,000 (about Shs1.2 billion) from Chinese government to Uganda. There are 98 solar street lights we are currently installing on Kabakanjagala Road, among others, in the city. We hope to cover the entire city if the project is a success,” he told the Daily Monitor in an interview on Wednesday.

Several parts in the city, including the stretch between Kampala Road and Entebbe Road junction where the street lights were installed in 2007, are in darkness.

“We are very cautious that is why we are piloting. In future we need to make an informed decision for better development of our city,” Mr Kaujju said.

First attempt
In 2007, city authorities installed wind and solar energy street lights that failed to work. The Shs180 million project was carried out by Winafrique Uganda, a local firm, in conjunction with the defunct Kampala City Council.

The project was intended, according to former Kampala Mayor Nasser Ntege Sebaggala, to rid the city of dark spots synonymous with crime before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November.