Chipinge Town Coun­cil re­pairs floods-dam­aged roads

The Manica Post - - Local News - Luthando Mapepa Chipinge Cor­re­spon­dent

CHIPINGE Town Coun­cil has be­gun re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing roads de­stroyed by floods after re­ceiv­ing $48 000 Emer­gency Road Fund from Zim­babwe Na­tional Roads Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­cently.

Town en­gi­neer, Mr Paul Mlauzi, con­firmed the devel­op­ment and said work to re­pair the roads was al­ready un­der­way.

“The coun­cil has re­ceived some funds un­der the Road Emer­gency Fund from ZINARA. This money will be used to re­pair roads that were dam­aged by floods.

“We are tar­get­ing gravel roads. We are re­gard­ing and re-grav­el­ling since the roads are in­fested with gul­lies caused by floods. We are also con­struct­ing cul­verts and re­pair­ing drainage sys­tems,” he said.

Mr Mlauzi said the coun­cil would resur­face more roads once more money is re­ceived from ZINARA.

“We are ex­pect­ing the sec­ond phase of the road funds amount­ing to $281 000 any­time from ZINARA.

“The sec­ond phase of the money has since been con­firmed and we have al­ready started prepara­tory work. The coun­cil is al­ready procur­ing ma­te­rial and other highly mech­a­nised equip­ment.

“This money will be used to resur­face other main roads which were not fin­ished from last year’s funds. We are ex­pect­ing to fin­ish the Thiba Road which is left with a few kilo­me­tres.

“There are also Fer­reira Street and 5th Av­enue roads to be resur­faced once money is re­ceived,” said Mr Mlauzi.

Mean­while, the town coun­cil has be­gun up­grad­ing the wa­ter treat­ment plant to meet res­i­dents’ wa­ter de­mands.

The cur­rent treat­ment plant is pro­duc­ing five mega litres per day against the 7, 5 mega litres per day re­quired by the town.

Mr Mlauzi said if the treat­ment plant was up­graded it would pro­duce 10 mega litres per day.

He said the new devel­op­ment was be­ing done for cur­rent and fu­ture de­mand.

Mr Mlauzi said the coun­cil would this year roll out the pre­paid wa­ter sys­tem in all res­i­den­tial ar­eas fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the pi­lot project last year.

The town coun­cil con­tracted a Harare-based com­pany, Hukoshwa Re­sources to in­stall 90 pre­pared smart wa­ter me­ters in the Cen­tral Busi­ness District and leafy sub­urbs as a pi­lot study.

The town coun­cil is set to re­coup over $2 mil­lion it is owed by ratepay­ers.

Mr Mlauzi said res­i­dents should not panic as the new sys­tem would use the old billing rates.

“To date, we have in­stalled 90 smart wa­ter me­ters in the town area and they are all func­tional.

“The coun­cil is en­gag­ing all stake­hold­ers on the is­sue and if we reach com­mon ground, we will roll out the pre­paid me­ter sys­tem to all ar­eas of Chipinge town.

“The smart wa­ter me­ters in­stalled dur­ing the pi­lot project were ac­quired at $250 each and res­i­dents will pay the money over a pe­riod of time,” he said.

Mr Mlauzi said the move was aimed at gen­er­at­ing rev­enue to meet the high cost in­volved in pump­ing wa­ter to all ar­eas of the town.

“Res­i­dents should not panic as the new sys­tem is not a profit ori­ented project.” “We will not over­charge any­one. The old billing rates will be used and this project will be a win-win sit­u­a­tion be­tween us and the res­i­dents.

“Cur­rently the coun­cil is in­cur­ring high cost to set­tle ZESA bills as well as ac­quire chem­i­cals for wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion as res­i­dents are de­fault­ing pay­ing for the ser­vices they are of­fered,” said Mr Mlauzi.

In mit­i­gat­ing the high elec­tric­ity bills in­curred by coun­cil in gen­er­at­ing wa­ter, Mr Mlauzi said the coun­cil was set to in­stall so­lar pow­ered bore­holes.

He said the coun­cil had so far in­stalled two so­lar pow­ered bore­holes as a pi­lot project.

“ZESA has in­stalled pre-paired me­ters and the coun­cil is find­ing it dif­fi­cult to set­tle its bills be­cause res­i­dents are de­fault­ing.

“To date, we have in­stalled two so­lar pow­ered bore­holes. Our aim is to have an ad­di­tional five high yield­ing so­lar pow­ered bore­holes,” he said.

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