Government to adopt more city roads for rehabilitation

By Josephine Mugiyo

Government says it will be adopting more roads that were under Harare Metropolitan Province for rehabilitation after the successful take-over of 32 roads last year under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP2).

Transport and Infrastructural Development Deputy Minister, Honourable Mike Madiro says most of the work government had targeted to do on those particular roads is almost complete.

Road works that have been completed in Harare include Kelvin South, Luna, George and Glen Eagles Road, with the remaining ones at various stages of completion.

“The central government, through the Ministry of Transport, took over 32 roads under the ERRP. The progress so far is pleasing given the challenges we have faced so far,” he said.

For 2022, government says it will adopt even more roads for rehabilitation in the City of Harare.

“This year we will adopt when more roads particularly those the public has high usage of. We will invade the communities and ensure the roads highly used are fixed.”

Urban planning expert, Dr Percy Toriro, who described the roads situation which saw government take over rehabilitation works in urban councils as a crisis, spoke on the need for constant road restoration projects to avoid a similar situation in future.

He noted: “What I’m saying is we have a crisis on our hands. We need to look at the future. There is need to have constant road rehabilitation so that we don’t repeat this in the future.”

Opposition-led urban councils have come under fire for failure to put their priorities right in terms of effective service delivery to residents.