Govt Launch of Harare Chirundu Road Rehabilitation
Brian Rungano Temba
The second half of the North-South Corridor Rehabilitation begun today as Government launched the Harare Chirundu Road Widening and Rehabilitation project.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Hon Felix Mhona today officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Harare-Chirundu road project at Mapinga.
Hon F.T Mhona was accompanied by the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Mashonaland West, Hon M Chombo, and several several government officials.
During the official launch, he indicated that the road is an important commercial route serving several countries on the north south corridor, hence its prioritization for rehabilitation.
Five contractors are expected to work the 352km stretch, namely Tensor Systems, Butimen World, Masimba Contractors, Fossil, and Exodus and Company. Each gets an average of 68 km to work on.
The project timeline is 18 months with a budget of US $ 550 million.
This project was approved by cabinet in May of 2023 along with the 265km Karoi-Binga Road upgrading from gravel to surfaced standards.
According to the NDS1, the North South corridor has the capacity of generating income from Haulage trucks via dryports and tolls. The prestine conditions of the corridor that stretches from Beitbridge to Chirundu upon completion will encourage all goods that come via South Africa through Zimbabwe to the greater Central Africa and back to use Zimbabwe as the route of choice.