Road maintenance equipment to be used to rehabilitate Harare’s torn road network was yesterday delivered to Town House.
The equipment, including road maintenance trucks, an excavator, front-end loader, bitumen distributors and a JetPatcher, will enable council to attend to Harare’s roads which are in urgent need of attention. This will come as a relief to motorists who have had to drive on increasingly damaged roads.
The equipment was officially handed over to council by the Deputy Minister of local government, public works and national housing, Joel Biggie Matiza.
Deputy Minister Matiza said that Government applauds council’s visionary drive in the procurement of road machinery and urged council to use the equipment effectively to rehabilitate the City’s environment to maintain its Sunshine City status. “These state of the art machinery and equipment should be deployed to do work city-wide especially in the high density suburbs where potholes have destroyed the ambience of our road network,” he explained.
Speaking at the same occasion, His Worship, Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni (pictured) said that the city has received equipment worth $3.4 million from ZINARA over the past four years but said the City was looking forward to more meaningful disbursements from vehicle license fees.
“However, to be fully capacitated, the roads division requires up to $15 million worth of equipment. We are going to make do with what is available while efforts to acquire more are underway,” said Mayor Manyenyeni.
The City’s town clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi could not hide his joy as he gave his vote of thanks. He said that Harare’s roads were now tattered and the equipment will enable the City to maintain the roads on its own.
Since the beginning of this year, council has been making commendable efforts in terms of rehabilitating the town’s roads and has acquired a bitumen distributor and a JetPatcher from ZINARA. In June, council also purchased 6 Tipper trucks valued at $696 000. While last month the City purchased a road marking machine, a front-end loader and a backhoe loader, which will clean the drains. Council also purchased one hydraulic tracked excavator to be used to clean out fall drains as well as six drop-side Trucks. The City is expecting to receive an Earth Auger soon for repairs of streetlights.
This new development is set to improve the City’s local roads, which seem to have been overlooked at the expense of national highways. The director of engineering services, Engineer Philip Pfukwa said that his department will get down to business immediately.
“We are going to start with major roads like Lomagundi, Harare Drive, Simon Mazorodze, Seke Road. All the roads leading into town and residential areas will be worked on first,” said Pfukwa.