Eastern Equatoria Towns Set For Modernisation

A sketch of the proposed modernisation of Torit town presented by a German firm, PDL International. [©Gurtong]

A sketch of the proposed modernisation of Torit town presented by a German firm, PDL International. [©Gurtong]

The Eastern Equatoria state Government has launched an ambitious town planning exercise to modernise the state capital.

Through its Ministry of Housing and Public Utilities, the government has received a proposal from a German construction company, Project Development International (PDL).

The company presented its proposal to the State parliament at Hotel Torit where it elaborated on its approaches to modernise the state’s main towns. If successful, the company will be charged with the responsibility of planning and constructing the physical infrastructure.

The State Minister for Housing and Public Utilities Mark Akio Ukinbul   told Gurtong that several construction firms have expressed interest to undertake modernisation of the state’s physical infrastructure.

He added that the relevant state bodies will vet the firm’s proposal before forwarding it to the Council of Ministers for approval and award of the contract.

PDL team leader who presented the firm’s proposal Victor Trautman told the state officials that town planning is vital for industrial development for any nation.

“PDL International provides innovative solutions for concepts in infrastructure and offers sustainable solutions for buildings and industrial development around the globe”, he said.

The concept, he said, would address the underdeveloped infrastructure in the region that was devastated by the 2-decade Sudan civil war.

The plan by PDL involves construction of infrastructure ranging from construction of commercial centres, residential areas, public offices and institutions such as schools as well as playgrounds, sewage reserves and airstrips.

“ Our company seeks to ensure its application of the new technological construction plan to all the towns in Eastern Equatoria State upon signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the state authorities and PDL”, said Trautman.

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