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25-kilometre water pipeline in Bindura

Story by Tapiwa Machemedze

A self-contained smart city is set to be established in Bindura alongside a 25-kilometre water pipeline from Masembura Dam to the capital of Mashonaland Central Province.

The Bindura City Council has since engaged the government and Freda Rebecca Mine for a tripartite arrangement.

The collaboration, which involves the government, will lead to the construction of a self-contained smart city at Bharasi Farm, about 10 kilometres from the Central Business District.

“We are expecting about 4 300 stands after conducting a tack survey and we expect a ground-breaking ceremony in one or 2 months. We are looking at the concept of a smart city, even though we will be having high, medium and low-density stands. We will have buffers to separate them and then we decongest our CBD. We are looking at high-rise buildings, then we will have an ancillaries sports complex,” said Bindura Town Clerk, Ms Anna Evelyn Madziire.

A key pillar of the project will be the creation of a 25-kilometre water pipeline from Masembura Dam to supply water to Freda Rebecca Mine and the Bharasi area while also improving water supply in the town of Bindura.

“Our main role as government is to essentially coordinate private sector and government to meet NDS1 targets and Vision 2030, of critical importance is housing delivery to people and availability of services. The major challenge we face relates to the water supply because of problems we have with Mazowe River, and we have times when we cannot supply residents with water requirements.

“In coming up with the solution, we decided to take water from Masembura Dam, which will be able to supply mining requirements and water for residents, so we have decided to combine the two projects,” said Provincial Infrastructure Planning and Environmental Management Director, Engineer Walter Chahweta.

The project, which will be carried out in different phases is expected to include shopping centres, schools, clinics and a recreational park among other amenities.

“We are looking at this project eagerly and we expect the project will go well. We expect those who will stay in this place to be workers from Freda Rebecca mine which is helping us, civil servants, people with disability, women and youth, ”said Mayor and councillor for Bindura Brian Kembo.

Bharasi Farm has 1300 hectares and town planning experts are currently working on the project design to be unveiled at the ground-breaking ceremony to be held within 2 months.

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