5 August 2012

Ethiopia: Rights of Way Claims 10 Percent of Aacra's Budget Last Year

The Addis Abeba City Roads Authority (AACRA) paid 157.2 million Br compensation for rights of way issues involving residential houses, power and telephone poles as well as water pipes during the 2011/12 fiscal year.

Its budget of 1.4 billion Br for the year targeted 46kms of roads, including 27.9kms of asphalt, of which 21.5kms was completed during the year involving contractors and AACRA itself.

Residents have been compensated for 1,907 demolished houses and 959 fences, while the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) and Ethio Telecom were compensated for the relocation of 440 electric poles and 469 telecom poles, respectively. The Addis Abeba Water and Sewerage Authority (AAWSA) was also compensated for 234km of pipes. All the payments were made starting from the second quarter of the fiscal year, according to Fekade Haile, the general manager of AACRA, who spoke to journalists at a press conference on August 3, 2012, at the head office of AACRA.

The Authority is also looking for alternative sites to relocate its asphalt mixing plants located at Gerji, in Bole District and Augusta, in Nifas Silk Lafto District, because of their proximity to residential area and the pollution they are causing, said Fekade.

The Chinese Road & Bridge Corporation (CRBC) also has an asphalt mixing plant with a daily capacity of 960tn located in Silsa Kebele near Hanna Mariam, in Nifas Silk Lafto District, where residents are challenging it for problems related to pollution.

AACRA asked the city administration to move this asphalt mixing plant, too, three years ago, although nothing has come out of its request, according to Fekade. The move could only be done during the rainy season, according to Fekade, as construction of roads, including major projects such as the Africa Avenue, would be underway once the rains stop.

The current road coverage of the capital has reached 13.7pc, which the Authority plans to increase to 20pc by 2020. There are now 1,807km asphalt, 1,777km gravel, 147km cobblestone and 698km pedestrian roads, with 275 bridges in Addis Abeba.

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