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Uganda - Upgrading of Mbale (Bumbobi)-Bubulo-Lwakhakha Road - ESIA Report
In line with the 10-Year Road Sector Development Program (RSDP3) the Government of Uganda (GoU) has applied for an approval for a loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance the upgrading of Mbale (Bumbobi)-Bubulo-Lwakhakha road to improve the current bad conditions of the road characterized by potholes, rapid loss of gravel, scouring of drainage channels and below standard road alignment. In accordance with the Uganda laws, the proposed development falls under the category of "major infrastructure development projects" which are listed under the Third Schedule of the National Environment Act, Cap. 153. Section 2 of the Third Schedule obliges a developer to conduct an EIA before implementation of such a project. Under the same Schedule, all major roads are among transportation projects requiring mandatory Environmental Impact Assessment to be done before their implementation. In line with all these requirements, this ESIA for the Upgrading of Bubombi –Bubulo –Lwakhakha Road was undertaken. The Government represented by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) therefore engaged SMEC International Pty (SMEC) in association with Newplan Limited (NPL) to provide the required services of conducting an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA).