By Tatenda Sanyahawa
The government of Zimbabwe through the Department of Roads in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development is set to take over the maintenance of Roads from Urban Council Authorities for a period not exceeding three years.
This move which will be facilitated by a recently crafted statutory is bound to extend to countrywide roads and will go in three phases.
The first phase according to the statutory will involve the rehabilitation of drainage systems and pothole patching of major trunk roads for a period of two months.
The second phase will be the rehabilitation of failed sections of the road infrastructure network with resealing, overlaying and regravelling taking place for six months.
The third and final phase will take between 12 and 18 months as the Road Authority will be rehabilitating and reconstructing major road infrastructure network particularly rain damaged drainage structures like bridges and dams.
The crafting of this statutory was necessitated by the declaration of Zimbabwean Roads to levels of disaster and “apparent neglect “by Urban Councils as confirmed by a government official.
“The Ministry is taking over the maintenance of roads from Urban Councils because they have failed” said the official who preferred anonymity.
The maintenance and rehabilitation of roads in Zimbabwe managed by four authorities namely Department of Roads, District Development Fund, Urban Councils and Rural Councils.
All Road authorities are funded by Zinara and Ministry of Finance.