Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa
A recently approved Private-Public Partnership (PPP) between the government and four other private companies will see an improvement in the rehabilitation and upgrading of major roads across the country.
The private companies will work on the Christmas Pass bypass road to Forbes Border Post in Mutare, the Shurugwi-Mhandamabwe Road, the first stage of the ring road around Harare, and the upgrade of the Nyamapanda Road and modernisation of that border post.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said Government will leverage local resources and abundant local ingenuity to speed up the upgrading and modernisation of the country’s road network.
She said the proposed partnership between the Government and Leengate Private Limited for the Mutare By-Pass Road will see the construction of a 26km road by Leengate Private Limited to bypass the Christmas Pass road to Forbes Border Post.
This is expected to relieve congestion on the old road which has become unsafe owing to inadequate carrying capacity and its deteriorating state. The work will be carried out over 12 months.
The proposed partnership between the Government and Road Trackers Construction will see the rehabilitation of the Shurugwi-Mhandamabwe Road.
“The project scope will include construction, upgrading and widening of the 43km Shurugwi-Mhandamabwe Road which links Beitbridge Border Post with Gweru, Kwekwe, Kadoma, Chegutu, Chinhoyi, Karoi and Chirundu Border Post. The work will be carried out over 12 months.
The proposed partnership between the Government and Bitumen World Consortium will take care of a critical road in west Harare for the north-south corridor between Beitbridge and Chirundu.
This involves the dualisation, widening, construction and rehabilitation of the north-south corridor link and the New Parliament main access.
The project will commence at the new Mbudzi Interchange and link up to Westgate Circle through High Glen Road, Kuwadzana Traffic Circle, Dzivarasekwa Road and Solomon Mujuru Drive, and Harare Drive to the New Parliament via the Old Mazowe Road and the New Parliament access road.
“The new road will decongest traffic in and around Harare’s industrial areas as well as provide a seamless connection for the north-south corridor transit traffic. The works will be undertaken in 2 phases over 24 months.”
The proposed partnership between Government and the Harare-Nyamapanda Consortium involves the construction, widening and rehabilitation of the Nyamapanda Road and the modernisation of the border post.
“The project is in line with the Second Republic’s thrust of upgrading and modernising the country’s border posts thereby improving efficiency at the ports of entry.
“The project aims to upgrade the 238km Harare-Nyamapanda Road as well as modernise the Nyamapanda Border Post through a build, operate and transfer model. The road will be constructed over three years,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
She also said government has finalised procurement processes for the reconstruction of 60km of badly damaged sections on the 760km Beitbridge-Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road and maintain the entire road so that all traffic can use it.
Other roads set to be upgraded include Victoria Falls-Kazungula, Kwekwe-Nkayi-Lupane, 7km damaged roads on the Boterekwa escarpment, surfacing of the Karoi-Binga-Victoria Falls Road, Birchenough-Murambinda Road, and the Old Bulawayo-Gwanda Road.
“Mining companies will be requested to assist in the maintenance of the roads they use to lessen the burden on Government,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.