‘Rehabilitated roads can last 20 years’

Capitalk Reporter |  3 months ago | local

Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Felix Mhona says the work done under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme so far is outstanding; adding that roads can survive up to twenty years before requiring substantial rehabilitation.

Minister Mhona made the remarks while touring reconstructed roads in Harare such as Delport, Seke, Harare Drive, and St. Patrick's.

He claimed that city roads are under the control of local governments, but that councils have failed to keep them in good shape.

The Minister also applauded the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) for disbursing monies in a transparent manner.

Local companies who participated in the road reconstruction exercise complemented the government for prioritizing local businesses throughout the visit.

Mr. Shingi Vhiriri, Managing Director of Frogmerge Construction Company, said they would do their best because they were doing it not only for business but also for the love of their country.

Mr. Peter Majengwa, CEO of Pevimag Contractors, said the company is grateful for the government's faith and confidence in a local enterprise.

Meanwhile, Zinara board chair Dr. George Manyaya claimed the company had spent $5 billion on roads so far this year and committed to keeping the process transparent.

After recognizing that the opposition was failing to redirect funding toward road rehabilitation, the government took over the rehabilitation and reconstruction of roads in towns and cities.

The government is expected to roll out another massive road restoration exercise targeting not only highways but also those roads in communities and other feeder roads.