Gvt steps up on restoration of sanity in urban centres

Government has confirmed its commitment in the elimination of congestion and installation of proper lighting in the country’s urban areas.

It will provide finances and will also monitor and supervise the collection and utilization of revenues by Local Authorities.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the programme is set to ensure that the mismanagement and corruption of non-performing local authorities, especially in urban areas, which spawned glaring neglect of service delivery and dilapidation of infrastructure is brought to an end.

The interventions and projects fall under infrastructure; enhanced public transport logistics systems; and enforcement.

“Meanwhile, all carriageway markings for roads and parking bays, including reserved public transport lanes, in the Harare Central Business District are expected to be complete by 30 June 2021, with City Council procuring paint for the markings and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development providing the funding under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme.

“Construction of road kerbs and jersey barriers has been completed at the corner of Rotten Row/Robert Mugabe intersection, while construction is underway at the Rotten Row/Jason Moyo intersection,” Mutsvangwa said.

In terms of the modification of roundabouts, she said that scoping of works for the Mbudzi Interchange has been completed and the preparation of specifications is in progress.

“On the use of designated bus stops, it is highlighted that the timetabling schedules are now 90% complete. The mobile application for prepayment of bus fares was developed by the Harare Institute of Technology and construction of prepaid ticketing offices is now complete.

“The testing of the ticketing software was completed as well as certification by ZIMSWITCH and the pilot project started today, 1 June 2021. Four hundred tapcards and 110 bank-linked point-of-sale (POS) machines have been procured and delivered,” Mutsvangwa said.

For the traffic control system, there has been installation of optic fibre links is now complete on all controlled intersections in the Harare CBD. Fibre optic network on all strategic points across Harare linking them to the control centre and TelOne have been completed.

“Meanwhile, the enforcement of traffic by-laws continues to be strengthened, with a highlight being the banning of the Park Street Weekend market forthwith. Joint operations between the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and Harare Municipal Police traffic teams started on 11 May 2021 and training is ongoing to deploy more teams,” she said.

This framework which has been piloted in the City of Harare will be cascaded to all urban local authorities in the Country.



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