Work on the 95km Bindura-Matepatepa road which began last September is progressing, with 10km having been constructed as part of government efforts to rehabilitate the road network under the hotspots rehabilitation programme.

Assessing work progress, Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on the hotspots rehabilitation programme, Retired Major General Godfrey Chanakira said hotspots are roads in urgent need of construction or rehabilitation due to high accident rates or those that are now hindering key economic activity from taking place.

“As you know, Matepatepa in this province’s top agricultural producing areas, so it is important that there are good roads to serve it for transportation of inputs as well as produce to the market,” he said.

The Deputy Chairperson of the taskforce, Mr James Jonga said more urgency should be exerted in the current road works since the taskforce will strive to reduce challenges being faced by contractors.

“We are not so comfortable with the speed at which we are progressing but we also understand challenges in terms of material availability, maintenance of machinery, lack of spares but those are problems to be addressed by the taskforce,” he said.

Barring fuel supply challenges, the project will be complete by May according to Provincial Roads Engineer Kudzanai Maganga as $6 million is available of the $12.5 million dollars set aside by treasury.

Another hotspot identified in Mashonaland Central Province is Karanda Bridge and the Mahuwe-Kanyemba road that will unlock trade and development opportunities.