Kabakama, Basse Bridges Reconstruction in Progress
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The National Disaster Management Agency, NDMA through the National Road Authority, NRA is currently reconstructing the two bridges that link Basse and Kabakama.
The project is a government funded project cost almost to DM1 and expected to finish very soon.
The bridges are expected to ease the movement of hundreds of people that ply the bridges for their daily transactions to and from Basse, but most importantly will also create a water channel for the easy flow of water to The River Gambia, thus averting the occurrence of water lodging that result to flood.
Speaking to The Daily News, Mawdo Amadou Jallow, regional disaster coordinator in URR said the construction is a project that came as a result of last year’s devastating flood incidents that hit the region.
According to him, the objectives of the project is to prevent flood that affect the people of Basse, adding that it will also help people of Kabakama to easily travel to Basse to run their daily businesses.
He expressed satisfaction with the ongoing work at the site, belief the project will go a long way in avoiding the reoccurrence of what happened during last year’s rainy season due to flood as a result of the lack of channels for the easy movement of water to the river.
“We want to see no rubbish threatening the life of the people,” he stated, noting that the work will be done very soon, as the first bridge is completed.
“As you saw during the vice president’s tour, she visited the project when the bridges were demolished for reconstruction.”
Mr Jallow expressed dissatisfaction of the people’s attitude of littering around the bridge. He added that some culprits are found and are going to face the full force of the law.
He advice the communities to desist from littering around the bridge water channel. He also implored on the Basse Area Council to act responsibly by helping in collecting waste and also to create a dumping site.
In an interviewed with some natives of Kabakama, most of them commended the government for the project. They described the project as timely and very important to them, noting that the bridges are standard ones.
Author: Ousman Touray in URR