City crafts 100-day work plan

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - De­bra Matabvu

THE op­po­si­tion-dom­i­nated Harare City Coun­cil says it is ap­proach­ing pri­vate busi­ness op­er­a­tors to ac­com­mo­date ven­dors.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity will also charge telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies for any ma­te­rial laid un­der­ground and track the move­ments of all com­muter om­nibuses in the city.

This is con­tained in the city’s 100Day Quick Wins Rapid Re­sults Ini­tia­tive to be launched this week.

The coun­cil also says it will pri­ori­tise road resur­fac­ing, clean water sup­ply, street and traf­fic lights, and a bus trans­port sys­tem.

The Harare coun­cil, con­trolled by op­po­si­tion coun­cil­lors since the turn of the mil­len­nium, has in the past been ac­cused by res­i­dents of mis­placed pri­or­i­ties, cor­rup­tion and mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion.

New Harare Mayor coun­cilor Her­bert Gomba said the lo­cal au­thor­ity was tar­get­ing the CBD in its 100-day plan, be­fore mov­ing to res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

“We have a fa­cil­ity, the last coun­cil bor­rowed US$30 mil­lion, we have used US$12 mil­lion, so that will be used for ca­pac­i­ta­tion,” he said.

“We have since iden­ti­fied the CBD as the start­ing point for re­seal­ing of roads, water pipes. We have also iden­ti­fied pri­or­ity ar­eas such as roads and water pipes which we will work on be­fore the on­set of rains.

“This week we will be launch­ing our 100-day work plan. Un­der the plan we will pri­ori­tise water ser­vice de­liv­ery, roads, street light­ing as well as in­creas­ing in­come gen­er­at­ing projects for the city.

“In terms of in­come gen­er­at­ing projects we have iden­ti­fied the charg­ing of Zesa and other com­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies who are lay­ing ca­bles and not be­ing charged.

“Man­age­ment is work­ing on im­prov­ing water sup­ply and its qual­ity. We have en­gaged an ex­pert from Nether­lands, the com­pany is called Vitens Ev­i­den and it will ad­vise us on how to im­prove the qual­ity of water and the billing sys­tem.

“In terms of refuse col­lec­tion, we are go­ing to float a ten­der to call for peo­ple who would want to part­ner the coun­cil in con­vert­ing waste to en­ergy.

“In the last two days we have been en­gag­ing some of the busi­ness premises who will able to take in 1 300 ven­dors.

“We al­ready have bus ter­mini around the city, these are go­ing to be spruced up and we will have them ac­com­mo­date more ven­dors.

He added: “Some of them will be taken up by pri­vate busi­nesses where they will be of­fered places to sell their wares.

‘‘As we speak di­rec­tor of hous­ing is en­gag­ing busi­nesses on that is­sue.

“In terms of traf­fic we are work­ing with the par­ent min­istry so that we rein­tro­duce a bus trans­port sys­tem. In ad­di­tion we are also go­ing to in­tro­duce a track­ing sys­tem for com­muter om­nibuses. The kom­bis will forced to buy the track­ing de­vice dur­ing ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion.”

Ur­ban plan­ning ex­pect Prof In­no­cent Chirisa said there was need for coun­cils to em­brace tech­nol­ogy.

“They must en­sure that pro­cesses within the lo­cal au­thor­ity are clearly cap­tured and con­veyed through ICTs.

“We talk­ing of e-plan­ning, billing and man­age­ment of ur­ban and ru­ral man­age­ment. Adopt­ing GIS and re­mote sens­ing can as­sist one to see, from of­fice, what is hap­pen­ing on the ground in real time.”

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