By Tichaona Kurewa
The Government has completed the rehabilitation of one of Victoria Falls’ major roads under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme, with hopes high that the facelift of key infrastructure will drive the recovery of the tourism sector.
The wheels of government’s infrastructure development programme continue turning with the rehabilitation of the Pioneer Road almost complete in Victoria Falls.
A visit to Victoria Falls’ industrial site revealed that major road works have been completed and the stretch has since been opened for traffic, much to the delight of motorists and residents.
“We are excited by the completion of this road project. This will reduce maintenance costs for our vehicles, and makes it easy for motorists to move about,” a motorist said.
Another noted: “We thank the Government for coming up with this project, which will change the face of this city.”
For Victoria Falls Combined Residents Association Chairperson, Kelvin Moyo the completion of the project adds to the beauty of the city which is known for attracting tourists from various parts of the world.
“Ours is a tourism city and everything must be world class. The completion of this road will ensure that everything in this city is world class. When tourists come, they have good roads to move on making our destination more attractive,” he said.
Matabeleland North Roads Engineer Xolani Ncube noted that works being carried on Pioneer Road include resurfacing and opening of storm drains.
“To date, a section has been reclaimed, compacted, primed and surfaced, another section resealed. The contractor has almost finished the projects.”
Under the National Development Strategy One, government views infrastructure development as a key pillar towards the attainment of an upper middle-income society by 2030.