HCC needs $13m for roads rehabilitation

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) is in need of $13 million to rehabilitate pothole-infested roads around the city.

Following complaints that Zinara annually makes full disbursements for VIP roads while neglecting those in other parts of the city, Harare mayor Herbert Gomba said council is on a mission to repair three main roads per ward.

“Among the 46 wards that we have, our target is to reconstruct three roads per each ward,” he said.

Gomba pointed out that so far $12 million has been spent on the works that have been done, and council is looking for more money to rehabilitate more roads.

“The initial cost that has been spent on works done is $12 million and beyond that we are looking into spending another $13 million that should see us working on the CBD (Central Business District) and other numerous roads in different wards,” said Gomba.

The mayor noted that some of the roads that have been refurbished include Lorraine Drive, Harare Drive, Nelson Mandela, West Road and Tafara Way in Mabvuku among others.

The city’s roads were recently marked as a national emergency as some of them were no longer trafficable due to potholes and lack of maintenance.

Motorists bemoaned the situation, complaining that it pushes them to dig deeper into their usually empty pockets as they now have to service cars weekly.

HCC’s chief engineer of Works George Munyonga, recently revealed that Harare requires over $600 million in order to transform its bad roads, some of which were constructed way before the country’s independence.

Various studies from the African Development Bank and the World Bank show that Zimbabwe needs about $5,5 billion to rehabilitate its road network that has suffered neglect over the years.

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