Construction is underway for the Nyabugogo drainage system that will end flooding woes in the area.
The drainage facility is a sub-section of lower-Nyabugogo road expansion process meant to enlarge both the road and drainage system and curb the regular flooding.
Karim Zirimwabagabo, the inspector of road maintenance and infrastructures at the City of Kigali, said the facility will cost Rwf2.14 billion and is expected to be completed in May.
“Construction will take two months and there after the road will be opened to users. We are trying to enlarge Nyabugogo drainage and ensure that there is no more flooding in that area again,” Zirimwabagabo said.
Nyabugogo has of recent been prone to floods during the rainy season. Heavy downpour has occasionally swept away structures, properties and sometimes people.
Previously, there has been a public outcry to city authorities to work on city drainage system and curb floods.
Claire Uwingabire, a businesswoman in Nyabugogo, hailed the project, saying the new facility will end her worries whenever the rainy season approaches.
“I have seen people and property being carried away by the floods and this drainage looks large enough to accommodate huge volumes of running water from Nyamirambo and city centre,” a visibly excited Uwingabire said.
However, there are concerns from nearby traders that construction might be delayed due to ‘slow pace of work and unpredictable weather changes’ but Zirimwabagabo is positive that work will go as planned.