By Felix Twinomugisha
Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources yesterday Thursday October promised to intensify efforts to deepen water and electricity coverage in Mitooma district.
In a tour that will take the legislators, led by Chairperson Dr Kefa Kiwanuka to Mitooma, Buhweju districts and surrounding areas, the MPs praised the progress of works and promised fast completion.
The Committee is inspecting the progress of rural electrification currently being undertaken by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) through contractors.
Kiwanuka set the pace by tasking sight managers from REA to explain delays in erecting poles and transmission lines.
The site managers gave assurances of six months, within which they said poles will be erected in the entire district and electricity will be supplied.
So far, the officials reported coverage of over 160km.
Last week, the Committee quizzed sub-contractors, employed by TBEA, the company superintending the project implementation, on their readiness to deliver.
The sub-contractors said most of the works have commenced, but that they are being held back by stalled design approvals from TBEA.
According to REA area manager Eng Edward Ochola, works are in progress and that their biggest challenge relates to the terrain, weather and availability of hardware.
Ochola told MPs that they are well on course to finish the project within the stipulated time.
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