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The team clearing Nalubale of the floating island. DPU photo

Clearance of Nalubale Floating Vegetation Almost Complete

posted onApril 22, 2020

By Kampala Post Reporter

The Minister of Works and Transport, Gen Katumba Wamala has applauded UPDF Engineers and UPDF Marines for working with other government agencies to clear the floating vegetation at Nalubale Dam.

Gen Wamala made the remarks when he visited the Dam to see the progress of work. The Minister said, he was surprised to find work at 98% complete which he attributed to the joint effort of UPDF Engineers ,UPDF Marines and NEC Engineers working together with other government agencies like UEGCL, Ministry of Works and Transport, UNRA, Ministry of energy and Mineral Development, NEMA and Ministry of Agriculture Animal industry and fisheries.

"This is really great, am glad to see that work is almost complete, thanks to the combined efforts from different government agencies that contributed personnel and equipment to enable this success," Gen Katumba said.

He added that the vegetation has now been cleared and the challenge now remains with the Silt and UPDF Marine divers are now assessing the level of Silting and a desilting plan will be drawn immediately to ensure no disruption of hydro power again.

Commenting on the other floating Island towards the Dam, Gen Wamala said, the UNRA pontoon bridge (Ferry) and a long boom excavator from National Enterprise Cooperation (NEC) will shred the vegetation into pieces from where it is in order to avoid it reaching downstream and silting the dam.

The team is already in the lake working on the Island and surveillance on River Nile for any other possible floating vegetation/Island.The floating vegetation recently caused a power blackout during a presidential address. This was after it interfered with the water flow.

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