The national steering committee on emergency roads rehabilitation implementation programme has expressed satisfaction with work being carried out by roads authorities in Mashonaland West Province but bemoaned handicaps related to machinery shortages.

Members of the national steering committee drawn from the Ministry of Finance, DDF, ZINARA and the Ministry of Transport have been on a tour of roads rehabilitation projects under phase two of implementation to monitor and evaluate progress in Mashonaland West.

The steering committee gave a thumps sign to the implementation of targeted projects and said synchronisation of efforts by all roads authorities is the way to go especially in rural areas where the Ministry of Transport, DDF and rural local authorities can merge efforts and resources for comprehensive roads rehabilitation.

Elsewhere in Makonde, the committee is of the opinion that the Alaska Kenzamba road has outlived its life span and resources have to be committed to the regravelling of the 70km road, whose cost has been pegged at US$9 million. Under the ongoing programme, only US$400 000 was dedicated to the road with the bulk of it spent on work on a stretch which was unpassable every rainy season. The stretch had to be raised a further 2 metres with gravel in addition to the reconstruction of a new culvert at Mwemba turn off. The committee’s team leader Mr Wilfred Kachitsa said the work being carried out is impressive and with resources being availed more could be done.

Mashonaland West provincial roads engineer, Mr Finale Mapurisa speaks on why resources were targeted on the Mwemba turn off stretch.

A villager in the area Mr Farai Manhindi said the rehabilitation works are a landmark development which will ensure the Kanyaga and Kenzamba areas are not cut out of transport links with other areas each rainy season.

In Chinhoyi where the Municipality won an award for best road projects and transport management during the just ended Local Government Investment Conference the committee described the road works as impressive.

Chinhoyi town clerk, Mr Maxwell Kaitano said the recognition was born out of the town’s strategy to mobilise own resources for roads construction.

Most of the country’s road network was severely damaged by the rains this last summer and government had to declare the damage a state of disaster resulting in resources being committed towards rehabilitation of the infrastructure.