A technical committee set out to implement and monitor projects under the emergency roads rehabilitation programme has given a thumps up to works so far carried out under phase one of the programme in Mashonaland West.

The committee went around Sanyati, Makande and Gachegache areas and Chegutu urban to  assess progress on road rehabilitation.

The works under phase one focused mainly on restoration of accessibility by rehabilitating collapsed structures such as bridges, filling of gullies along the roads, opening up blocked drains and culverts.

The District Development Fund (DDF), the roads department in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development as well as rural and urban local councils are the responsible authorities carrying out the road rehabilitation under the emergency roads rehabilitation project.

DDF acting director of roads and a member of the technical committee under the emergency roads rehabilitation programme, Engineer Goodwell Mapako said all is now set for the second phase of the programme which will look at restoration of infrastructure such as bridges that were destroyed prior to the 2016/2017 season.

He however bemoaned the lack of adequate equipment for the works, which he said will require up to US$60 million.

Sanyati District Administrator, Mr Amigo Mhlanga said while he appreciates the good work being carried out to rehabilitate transport infrastructure, priority should also be given to the busy, Golden Valley -Sanyati road, which stretches for about 70 kms.

Mr Ericana Chikande, the DDF Mashonaland West provincial coordinator said his authority has so far  worked on 1 100kms out of a total of 3 000 kms under DDF in the province but funding limitations are  derailing speedy implementation of outstanding work.

DDF Mashonaland West was allocated US$2 million for the road rehabilitation programme for this term.

The road network was severely damaged by the heavy rains experienced in the country during the 2016/2017 summer season, prompting government to mobilise resources to restore the infrastructure.