Date set for Lu­pane multi-pur­pose mall

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Oliver Kazunga

CON­STRUC­TION of a multi-mil­lion dol­lar com­plex will start in Lu­pane in Oc­to­ber with a team of en­gi­neers ex­pected to start the ar­chi­tec­tural work for the in­vest­ment next month.

Last month, Glow Pe­tro­leum man­ag­ing direc­tor Mr Aaron Chin­hara said they had set aside $3 mil­lion to build the multi-pur­pose com­plex in Lu­pane so as to give the Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal a new look that meets its sta­tus. In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, he said: “Our ar­chi­tects and en­gi­neers will be on the ground in Lu­pane early next month where they will meet coun­cil of­fi­cials there as well as un­der­tak­ing tech­ni­cal work for the project for the whole of Septem­ber. Con­struc­tion work is ex­pected to start in Oc­to­ber.”

Dur­ing the con­struc­tion stage, the project is ex­pected to cre­ate about 80 jobs while many oth­ers would be cre­ated di­rectly and in­di­rectly when the com­plex is com­pleted.

The multi-pur­pose com­plex, which com­prises a fore­court, bank­ing halls, mod­ern day su­per­mar­kets and an amuse­ment cen­tre, will be built on a 10 000 hectare piece of land.

A num­ber of de­vel­op­ment projects are ear­marked for Lu­pane with Lu­pane State Univer­sity, El­it­sheni Gov­ern­ment Com­plex, Bubi-Lu­pane Dam, gas and coal ex­ploita­tion be­ing part of the ma­jor in­vest­ment at­trac­tions for the town.

It is be­lieved that the Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal will now be able to at­tract more in­vestors fol­low­ing the re­cent com­ple­tion of the town’s mas­ter plan which is ex­pected to serve as a guide in the de­vel­op­ment of the town.

Since its es­tab­lish­ment, Lu­pane Busi­ness Cen­tre has never had a mas­ter plan or struc­ture, a sit­u­a­tion that has seen po­ten­tial in­vestors shy­ing away from in­vest­ing in the town.

The Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Plan, con­cluded in Oc­to­ber 2001 and the Strate­gic Plan (2015-2020) are meant to guide spa­tial de­vel­op­ment and growth re­spec­tively. — @okazunga

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