‘Era of pot-holed roads will soon be over’

By ZBC Reporters

Government continues to make significant progress in the rehabilitation of roads under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme Phase Two which has seen most of the country’s road network being resealed and reconstructed.

The inception of the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP) under the Second Republic was a game changer in giving a huge face lift to the country’s road network, which was in a state of disrepair.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister, Honourable Felix Mhona and Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) officials embarked on an assessment tour of roads being rehabilitated under the ERRP in Harare, including Delport road, Seke road, Harare drive and St Patrick’s road.

The Transport Minister said Government has escalated the ERRP programme, with some roads which had been neglected by local authorities being rehabilitated.

“We have done a lot. We have witnessed significant progress and we have taken over most roads. For instance the Delport road is strategic in linking the Airport and Sunway City which is a special economic zone,” he said.

In Harare, more than 40 roads have been earmarked for rehabilitation this year, with 11 having been completed and some already under restoration.

Government declared the state of country’s roads a national disaster, paving way for the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme which has transformed the country’s road infrastructure.

Meanwhile, as government continues to prioritise road restoration across the country, state-owned entity Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) officials who were part of the urban roads upgrade tour in Harare this Monday revealed that they will elevate their role to adequately fund these major road works.

“ZINARA has gone through robust reforms, the rebranded parastatal is transformed to sustain the infrastructure development plan and we will disburse more funds to make sure that Government achieves its targets,” said ZINARA Board Chairperson, Dr George Manyaya.

Veteran construction expert and Site Manager of Bitumen World Chris Seegar explained that he has never witnessed a government-led roads programme of such magnitude in over 20 years of his career.

“I have been involved in the industry for years and what I can tell you that the construction industry has been rejuvenated and it is now back. We thank Government for giving us the opportunities,” he said.

ZINARA has so far disbursed more than ZWL5 billion since January which has culminated in government broadening its road infrastructure upgrade to include urban roads in line with the inclusive approach to national development by the Second Republic.