By ZBC Reporter
THE expansion of the Robert Mugabe International Airport is on course with hopes high that the project will be complete by the end of next year despite delays triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite suffering huge delays, construction work on the multi-million-dollar Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport remains on course with optimism high that the project will be complete by end of next year.
Project Manager, Shamiso Makova told ZBC News this Monday that they have made significant strides on both the air and landside.
“On the land side we are at 27 percent of the construction work but this could have been well above 30 percent had the COVID-19 not affected us. On the airside we have done much of the work on the rehabilitation of the runway and the project is sitting at around 78 percent which we hope will also be complete within the set time frame,” said Makova.
The Minister Responsible for Implementation and Monitoring of Government Projects in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr. Joram Gumbo was updated on the current status of the project during his visit to the airport this Monday.
With critical capital equipment now on site, the government appreciates the work done so far despite the challenges posed by the global health crisis.
“We are happy that work continues to be done despite the delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a project that will change the face of the country and indeed the scope of the region on completion which will also be important for our tourism sector,” said Minister Gumbo.
The 153 million United States dollar project is expected to be complete by December next year and will improve the handling capacity of arrivals from the current 2.5 million to 6 million per year.