South Sudan Launch First Traffic Light

The solar-powered traffic lights being installed in Juba. [Photo| Jok P Mayom]

The initiative has been launched as part of efforts to reduce the escalating road accidents in the South Sudanese capital Juba.

Under the project, 63 solar-powered traffic lights will be installed at junctions and roundabouts at 15 main roads in Juba, stretching from the Airport to Juba Teaching Hospital and Juba Town, from Gudelle junction to Juba University and Konyokonyo.

The initiative dubbed the Solar Power Traffic Light Project is being undertaken by a Chinese firm, BeijingSunda Solar Technology Company as part of the economic and technical cooperation agreement signed by China and South Sudan on 22 November 2011.

The project is expected to be completed by end of November 2014.

The China Counselor in Juba Yong Yi said the project demonstrates China’s commitment towards the reconstruction of South Sudan.

“This is another successful example of the promotion of the friendly relation between the two government and the two peoples of the Republic of China and South Sudan. I am confident that Sun Solar Energy, the Chinese Contractors entrusted by the Chinese government with close cooperation and strong support from the South Sudanese counterpart will complete the project in time and with quality result”, he said.

The South Sudan National Police Director General Major General James Biel Ruot hailed the initiative, saying it will immensely contribute to the reduction of road accidents.

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