Num­ber of buses in Ma­puto in­creases

The Manica Post - - Foreign News -

THE mu­nic­i­pal bus com­pa­nies in Ma­puto and the neigh­bour­ing city of Ma­tola have sub­stan­tially in­creased the num­ber of buses on the roads since a visit by Pres­i­dent Filipe Nyusi to the Trans­port Min­istry and var­i­ous trans­port com­pa­nies in April — but there are still nowhere near enough publicly owned buses to solve the pas­sen­ger trans­port prob­lems.

Speak­ing re­cently, as he vis­ited the premises of the two com­pa­nies, Trans­port Min­is­ter Car­los Mesquita said that in April the Ma­puto mu­nic­i­pal bus com­pany (EMTPM) had a daily av­er­age of only 25 buses in cir­cu­la­tion. How­ever, with the sup­port of the gov­ern­ment’s Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Fund, and from the Ports and Rail com­pany (CFM), 34 buses that were out of or­der have been re­paired, bring­ing the num­ber of EMTPM buses on the road up to 59.

As for the Ma­tola com­pany (ETM), in April it only had 12 op­er­a­tional buses. Ac­cord­ing to its man­ager, Eli­ado Mus­sen­gue, the num­ber should have been 22. But eight out of the ten new buses that ETM re­ceived in Fe­bru­ary, each of which cost nine mil­lion met­i­cais ($150,000), proved to have in­ap­pro­pri­ate seats for ur­ban pub­lic trans­port.

They also came with just one door, in­stead of the two spec­i­fied by the com­pany, and lacked handrails. ETM had to con­tact the sup­plier to de­mand cor­rec­tions. Mus­sen­gue ex­pected the prob­lem to be solved by the end of July. There are cur­rently 25 ETM buses on the streets of Ma­tola. — AIM

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