Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme phase 2 in Zimbabwe in full gear
Phase 2 of the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP) in Zimbabwe is in full gear. The government budgeted $33.6bn for the second phase and Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) has already disbursed $2.3bn as the government intensifies efforts to rehabilitate the country’s road network.
According to Zinara spokesperson, Mr. Tendai Mugabe a good road network is vital if the country is to realize Vision 2030. “So far, we have disbursed $2.3bn for road works that include ERRP and periodic and routine road maintenance since the beginning of the year. Under ERRP, we have disbursed advance payments to all road authorities and road works have already started in earnest in all provinces,” he said while confirming the disbursement of funds to various road authorities for ERRP2 and other road projects.
Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP)
“This is a special project being championed by Government following a public outcry on the state of roads that were heavily damaged by heavy rains received in most parts of the country during the just ended rainfall season. President Mnangagwa heeded the public outcry and declared all roads a state of national disaster paving way for he launch of the ERRP2,” he added.
Mr. Mugabe also mentioned that some road authorities were delaying asking for their allocated funds thereby slowing down the pace of road works in some parts of the country. “We are pleading with them to expedite their claims so that our road infrastructure is attended to without delay. As Zinara, we are ready to disburse the funds once we receive the necessary paperwork,” he said.
Under ERRP2, the government is targeting to rehabilitate 10 000km of roads countrywide. The rehabilitation and modernisation of the country’s road infrastructure so far have seen the opening of more than 160km to traffic on the Harare-Beitbridge road and the refurbishment of the Karoi-Binga road among other roads.