Cameroon – Yaounde-Douala highway: The repeated strikes impact negatively the progress of work

Written by Deckson N.

The construction of Phase I of the project of the highway Yaounde-Douala started almost two years ago is at 32% from 1 November 2016, while the time consumed is at 49%.

The deadline for delivery of the first phase of the road construction Yaounde-Douala highway was set for 13 October 2016. On 1 November 2016, the rate of progress is estimated at 32% by teams from the Ministry of Public Works (MINTP), and the time consumed is at 49%. According to the details of the Economie newspaper published Wednesday, November 9, 2016, the situation of the work reported was; earthworks about 87% of kilometer point (KP) 1 to KP 10, hydraulic structures made 95%, the art structures at 33%. From KP 10 to KP 20, the earthworks are estimated at 71.4%, hydraulic structures at  95%, while the structures at 0%.

From KP 20 to KP 40, the earthworks are estimated at 5.5% by MINTP experts. The hydraulic structures are at 26.5% and art structures 0%. The newspaper said the situation of expropriation has been behind numerous work stoppages in this site. The evaluation report on the observation of goods in question from the PK 40 to PK 60 has already been forwarded to the Ministry of Land tenure for the compensation order.

The management and repayment of taxes and duties by the administration are part of the difficulties, as the support of the client for the installation of a radio communications system, strengthening the capacity of the mastery of work to keep it draws good pace of work in the dry season. Among the difficulties that hinder the progress of construction, the newspaper also cited the slow approval and payment of accounts, approval of new prices, and support the monitoring mission with more personnel to MINTP address the lack of workforce. Work has nevertheless taken on this site on Friday 4th November.

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