The construction activities for the first phase of the UISP is now truly underway. The civil contractor (Entsha Henra) started with construction at the TRA facility and have already cleared the site and started with earth works. The TRA facility (Temporary Relocation Area) will consist of 250 housing units together with ablution facilities and storage and will temporarily accommodate the households that will be relocated from the informal settlement areas to make way for the construction of formalised enhanced serviced sites where the households will then again be settled on.
Some informal structures are in the way of link infrastructure (sewerage pipeline) that is required in the area outside the TRA site to link the newly created infrastructure in the TRA facility with the municipal grid as well as the construction of stormwater channels to prevent flooding of the informal area once the TRA is constructed. The position of the pipelines and infrastructure has been marked by the contractor and arrangements are being made to move those structures out the way to enable the construction to take place. In the meantime, the contractor is going ahead with construction work on other areas of the site.