Poor drainage sys­tem caus­ing traf­fic jam at Mah­hala

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Sa­belo Ma­jola Mat­sapha

THE poor drainage sys­tem at the Mah­hala traf­fic cir­cle in Mat­sapha con­tin­ues to be a headache for mo­torists who are sub­jected to ma­jor traf­fic jams when it rains.

The traf­fic jam is so hor­ri­ble that it starts as far as Lozitha head­ing to Mat­sapha and mo­torists en­dure a to­tal stand­off along the road ow­ing to the drainage is­sue.

Drainage is­sues usu­ally re­late to stand­ing or pond­ing wa­ter.

Other drainage is­sues can be the re­sult of base­ment wa­ter or marshy soils.

The pri­mary pur­pose of a road drainage sys­tem is to re­move wa­ter from the road and its sur­round­ings but there is ob­vi­ously a fault with the drainage sys­tem at Mat­sapha.

On Tues­day evening, for in­stance, traf­fic came to a stand­still along the Lozitha – Mah­hala route due to the heavy traf­fic.

The heavy traf­fic was caused by the fact that traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers had to close the road be­low the bridge due to the flood­ing.

One of the pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors in­ter­viewed at Mah­hala said that when heavy rains hit the city, it be­comes bad for busi­ness be­cause the pond­ing wa­ter makes it dif­fi­cult for them to off­load cus­tomers on the side of the road where they usu­ally stop to drop off pas­sen­gers.

“There is a need for gov­ern­ment to at­tend to this is­sue be­cause it doesn’t only cause traf­fic jams but can trig­ger ac­ci­dents.

The pond­ing wa­ter rises to a level that makes it dif­fi­cult for ve­hi­cle’s mo­bil­ity caus­ing a stand­off par­tic­u­larly un­der the bridge and we have been en­dur­ing this sit­u­a­tion for a very long time with the hope that it will be at­tended to,” he said.

Newly ap­pointed Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Works and Trans­port Chief Nd­laluh­laza said that as much as they had just been in­ducted, their obli­ga­tion was to ap­ply a pace that will see de­vel­op­ment im­ple­mented.

How­ever, he re­ferred ques­tions to the min­istry’s Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Makhosini Mn­dawe who couldn’t be drawn for com­ment on the mat­ter as his phone rang unan­swered af­ter sev­eral at­tempts to reach him.

(Pic: Si­mon Sha­bangu)

DRY­ING UP: This road tun­nel is al­ways flooded when there is heavy rain­fall around Mat­sapha which re­sults in traf­fic jams.

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