The government has released an undisclosed amount of money towards the dualisation of the Harare-Bulawayo road, ZBC News reports.
The publication further reports that the funds are part of the ZWL$18 billion Covid-19 stimulus package which the government had pledged to disburse.
Commenting on the development, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Honourable Joel Biggie Matiza said the development shows that reliance on foreign contractors to develop the country’s infrastructure is unnecessary. He added:
These roadworks are being done by the local manpower in the Department of Roads which shows that there is extra capacity to do these roadworks. Local contractors are doing the Harare Beitbridge highway so this shows you that both Government and the private companies are capable of working together to develop the entire road network.
Project Overseer Engineer Martha Ndoro said they target to complete at least 8 kilometres of this highway before rains start.
Roadworks are also underway along the Harare-Beitbridge highway whose rehabilitation works are being undertaken by five local companies.
Several road projects have for long been on cards, including the dualisation of the Harare – Nyamapanda highway and Beitbridge – Bulawayo and Bulawayo – Victoria Falls highways.
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