Oka­vango Delta bridge con­tract

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BOTSWANA has awarded a con­tract worth 1 bil­lion pula (R1.26bn) to a joint ven­ture formed be­tween two Ital­ian com­pa­nies, Itin­era and Ci­mo­lai, to con­struct a bridge in the re­mote Oka­vango Delta, a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion that is renowned for its abun­dance of wildlife. The project, which will be fully funded by the gov­ern­ment and in­volves the con­struc­tion of a 1.1 kilo­me­tre long road bridge as well as pedes­trian walk­ways, is ex­pected to be com­pleted in July 2019. It will re­place a pon­toon ser­vice that cur­rently op­er­ates across a sec­tion of the Oka­vango Delta. “An en­vi­ron­ment im­pact as­sess­ment was done since the Oka­vango Delta area is a Unesco World Her­itage Site. We will make sure con­struc­tion will not dis­turb the en­vi­ron­ment,” Elias Magosi, Botswana’s per­ma­nent sec­re­tary in the min­istry of trans­port and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, told a me­dia brief­ing. – Reuters

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