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Contractors target to complete project by December

Contractors target to complete project by December

Story Tafara Chikumira

The construction of Senga Messengers’ Camp block of flats in Gweru has resumed, with contractors upbeat the project will be completed by the end of the year.

The project, which is part of government’s expansive housing development programme, was halted last year due to an impasse between the contractor and suppliers.

Construction works resumed this week after marathon meetings between the contractor and government officials, amid indications that an amicable solution has since been reached.

The programme which resumed in 2021 is part of the 14 national priority projects under the National Development Strategy (NDS1), targeting to deliver affordable and quality housing in urban and rural areas.

The contractor is upbeat the project will be concluded by the end of the year.

Senga Messenger of Court site clerk, Mr Tariro Makonye said, “We are very happy that we have head some fruitful discussions with authorities and ironed out some hurdles in the process. As the contractors we are more than prepared to finish this project in the shortest possible time. As you can see, much of the progress here was done in 2021 before we started facing some bit of challenges. Now that we are back on site after some fruitful discussions, we hope we will be finishing the major works by year end save for some few touch-ups.”

The community is already enjoying the spin-off benefits of the housing project which is set to change the face of Senga suburb.

“I am very happy that I have managed to also get employment at this site. I can now manage to fend for my family and my loved ones. It was really difficult out there but now I am extremely happy for the project which came to my area,” said one of the community members.

Added another, “We are very excited by the level of development coming to our area. Any growth brings about development which we so need. We just wish the project comes to completion so that our area continues to grow. We wish to see banks and fast foods like Chicken inn coming on board as a result of such development.”

“The development is quite welcome. One of my own child is now employed there. Where there is development opportunities arise and we want economic activity in our area,” another said.

The project, which comprises four blocks of flats, will accommodate 64 families upon completion.

Last year, President Mnangagwa launched the Zimbabwe National Human Settlements Policy, a medium-term programme envisaged to drive national housing development where government, the private sector and individuals are partnering reduce the housing backlog which stands at around 1,2 million.

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