‘90pc roads in bad state’

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nye­mudzai Kakore Her­ald Cor­re­spon­dent

OVER 90 per­cent of the coun­try’s close to 100 000km of road net­work are in bad state with an es­ti­mated $5,5 bil­lion re­quired for main­te­nance and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, a Road Con­di­tions and In­ven­tory Re­port has re­vealed.

The re­port noted the ex­is­tence of 310 000 fea­tures on 97 000km of road net­work, which in­clude road signs, bridges and street lights.

Ad­dress­ing del­e­gates af­ter re­ceiv­ing the re­port yes­ter­day, Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Jo­ram Gumbo said road au­thor­i­ties had an obli­ga­tion to pro­tect the ini­tial in­vest­ment in the coun­try’s road net­work.

“It is im­por­tant to note that a cred­i­ble data­base has a direct bear­ing on the fu­ture suc­cess of Gov­ern­ment in terms of planned nec­es­sary in­ter­ven­tions. I need not to overem­pha­sise that suc­cess or fail­ure in road in­fra­struc­ture is mea­sured by the im­pact it has on the econ­omy and upon the lives of the or­di­nary peo­ple,” he said.

“It is my hope that the data­base will pro­vide an ap­pro­pri­ate op­por­tu­nity for road au­thor­i­ties and Zim­babwe Na­tional Roads Au­thor­ity to in­ter­act on the ba­sis of equal­ity, part­ner­ship and com­mon good to de­velop new strate­gies to steer the in­sti­tu­tions in the cause of in­fras­truc­tural devel­op­ment in line with Zim-As­set In­fra­struc­ture Clus­ter.”

The sur­vey was done by the Zim­babwe Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (ZILGA) and ZI­NARA. It cost an es­ti­mated $1,7 mil­lion. The re­port in­di­cates that the District Devel­op­ment Fund has 25 034km and the Depart­ment of Roads 18 431km.

Ru­ral District Coun­cils have 40 205 km, Ur­ban Coun­cil 11 333 km while 3 046km was not owner classified.

The re­port also in­di­cated that 29 100km of the road net­work is in very poor con­di­tion, 37 967 in fair con­di­tion, 16 557 km was good con­di­tion and 7 913km in very good con­di­tion while 6 510km of roads were not com­puted be­cause of lack of in­for­ma­tion.

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