AfDB avails funds for Gwanda-Beit­bridge road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Bianca Mlilo

THE African De­vel­op­ment Bank has availed fund­ing for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the 200km Gwan­daBeit­bridge road un­der the North-South Cor­ri­dor (NSC) re­gional ini­tia­tive.

NSC is tar­get­ing five roads in Zim­babwe, Malawi and Botswana, with the Zim­babwe re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion be­ing fo­cused on two parts of the Beit­bridgeBu­l­awayo road (Bu­l­awayo to Gwanda stretch and Gwanda to Beit­bridge) that will be done con­cur­rently.

Three re­gional blocs — the Com­mon Mar­ket for Eastern and South­ern Africa (Comesa), the East African Com­mu­nity (EAC) and South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (Sadc), are work­ing on the NSC to un­lock the eco­nomic po­ten­tial of land­locked coun­tries in South­ern and Eastern Africa.

In a no­tice, the tri­par­tite said it in­tended to ap­ply part of the agreed amount for this grant to pay­ments un­der the con­tract for the prepa­ra­tion of fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies, de­tailed engi­neer­ing de­signs and ten­der doc­u­ments for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of a 200km Gwanda-Beit­bridge road sec­tion in Zim­babwe.

“The Gov­ern­ment of Zim­babwe (GRZ) with sup­port from the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tri­par­tite has re­ceived fund­ing from the African De­vel­op­ment Bank to­wards the cost of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the two sec­tions of the North South Cor­ri­dor-National Road No. A6 in Zim­babwe,” reads part of the no­tice.

“This con­tract was awarded to ICT Pri­vate Lim­ited and Yooshin Engi­neer­ing Cor­po­ra­tion in as­so­ci­a­tion with Cas­cade (Zim­babwe) and ASCO (Zam­bia).”

As such the Gwanda En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact Assess­ment (EIA) hear­ing for the road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion will be held at Mab­heka Se­condary School Hall to­day at 11am.

Beit­bridge Town Coun­cil Board­room and Zhophembe Pri­mary School will be the venues for the Beit­bridge EIA hear­ings, which will be held on Au­gust 2 and 3, 2016 at 9am and 11am re­spec­tively.

The costs of re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing and main­tain­ing the en­tire NSC road net­work to a good stan­dard is es­ti­mated at $9,1 bil­lion (of which $5,9 bil­lion is for cap­i­tal in­vest­ment and $3,1 bil­lion will be re­cur­rent costs).

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