New life for Harare roads

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Sun­day Mail Reporter

AT LEAST 600km of road net­work in Harare will be re­ha­bil­i­tated fol­low­ing Gov­ern­ment’s avail­ing of an US$11 mil­lion pack­age to the lo­cal author­ity.

The funds are be­ing availed un­der the Emer­gency Road Fund.

Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of road net­works is al­ready un­der­way in most res­i­den­tial sub­urbs with the pro­gramme ex­pected to run un­til the on­set of rains this year.

Harare’s 7 000km road net­work had not had mean­ing­ful rou­tine main­te­nance over the last 15 years.

Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Jo­ram Gumbo said, “As Gov­ern­ment we dis­bursed the first tranche of the funds un­der phase one and we did it through the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and it dis­burses to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. But for the City of Harare we have been as­sist­ing them di­rectly with funds in terms of roads (main­te­nance).” Gov­ern­ment in­tends to raise US$100 mil­lion for the road emer­gency re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme through the Zim­babwe Na­tional Roads Ad­min­is­tra­tion Bond for ur­ban and ru­ral au­thor­i­ties over the next two years.

Harare City Coun­cil di­rec­tor of works En­gi­neer Philip Pfukwa said they were pri­ori­tis­ing res­i­den­tial sub­urbs where dam­age was most se­vere.

“We re­ceived US$11,1 mil­lion from Gov­ern­ment un­der the Emer­gency Road Fund,” he said. “We ex­pect to re­ha­bil­i­tate over 600 km of road net­work un­til the on­set to of rains this year. Work has al­ready be­gan in most res­i­den­tial sub­urbs in the city.”

In Jan­uary 2017, Gov­ern­ment de­clared the coun­try’s roads a state of dis­as­ter fol­low­ing dam­age by in­ces­sant rains.

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