By ZBC Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has commissioned the ZWL $4.5 million Norton Road Over Rail Bridge in Norton, along the Harare-Bulawayo highway, Mashonaland West.
The new Norton Road over Rail Bridge which was constructed by BitmanWorld has been completed in record time as construction commenced in March this year and was completed on the 6th of December.
Speaking at the official commissioning of the Bridge, President Mnangagwa explained that the new bridge shows the government’s commitment to rebuilding the country’s infrastructure.
“Under the new dispensation we are saying economics and business first before politics, the Bulawayo-Harare road dualisation is a notable achievement, I also commend the contractor, Bitman World, for his spirit and work ethic which is in line with the vision of the 2nd republic,” said President Mnangagwa
President Mnangagwa said the completion of the project is in line with the objectives of Vision 2030 and the new dispensation’s commitment to developing the country.
“Under the second republic, we focus on development and honest hard work. My government desires to transform the transport sector so as to accelerate regional integration.
“We want to position Zimbabwe as a transport hub for the region so that our roads can connect to other roads in the region. This event is important as we focus on the development thrust towards productivity and growth and job creation,”
“I urge the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development to continue with the zeal and pace that has been going on, and our Government will continue to support you. I urge the Department of Roads to prudently utilise resources allocated for roads and bridge construction so that the majority of our people benefit,”
“All our neighbours have dualised and refurbished their roads and we need to do the same, so that our roads can match those of our neighbours in terms of quality and safety. So my Government will continue to fund the construction, rehabilitation of infrastructure across the entire country from domestic resources. We will not go to World Bank and IMF,” said the President.
President Mnangagwa also highlighted that the construction and development of the road project has created jobs for over 5 000 people.
The Minister of Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development, Joel Biggie Matiza said the ongoing road dualisation process is part of the government’s commitment to developing the roads so as to reduce road accidents.
“As a Ministry, we undertook this project bearing in mind the need to reduce road carnage,” he said.