14 June 2018

Zimbabwe: Govt Programme Major Boost for Harare Roads

The Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP) is a Government of Zimbabwe programme that was initiated in order to rehabilitate the country's road network that had been extensively damaged during the 2016 /2017 rainy season.

It is the new political dispensation's thrust for Zimbabwe to have a well-developed, trafficable and safe trunk, rural and urban road network. The general condition of most roads in the country has deteriorated due to inadequate funding for both routine and periodic maintenance.

Phase I of the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme, which commenced on March 13, 2017, prioritised preservation of the road infrastructure from further deterioration and ensure safe passage for travellers. Major works undertaken include rehabilitation of the drainage systems, clearing of culverts and bridges as well as repair of damaged road sections.

Phase II of the Programme is already underway, and focuses on major rehabilitation works, reconstruction of damaged bridges, including preventive periodic maintenance works and rehabilitation of failed sections of the road network.

The Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme's implementation is being co-ordinated through a Project Steering Committee (PSC), which provides policy guidance.

The Project Steering Committee is chaired by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and is constituted of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development; Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing; and the District Development Fund (DDF).

Like most roads in the country, which have outlived their design lifespan against the backdrop of a myriad of challenges ranging from inadequate funding to a maintenance backlog, Harare's roads have not been spared.

Under the Programme, Harare's priority has been on arterial roads, while access roads will also be attended to, as more funding becomes available.

However, the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme, has brought a sigh of relief to Harare's motorists with roads that had become an eyesore being attended to under the programme. In 2017, the City of Harare City budget allocation was US$18, 7 million. This amount is an improvement compared to previous years' disbursements. All this, thanks to the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme.

For the 2018 fiscal year, the City of Harare has been allocated US$12, 9 million to be disbursed through ZINARA under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme.

In addition to this amount, Harare City Council has mobilised and set aside US$13,1 million from their own resources for road rehabilitation programmes in the capital to complement Government efforts.

A list of roads in Harare that have been funded and completed in 2017 under the Government of Zimbabwe's Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme are as in the table on the left.

This information is inserted by ZINARA in the public interest.

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