The Batoka Gorge hydro-electric power scheme investor conference ended in Livingstone, with the two parties Zimbabwe and Zambia set to come up with a joint policy that will govern the usage of water along the Zambezi river.
The Batoka Hydro-electric power scheme has incorporated the ministries responsible for the usage and management of water since all hydro-electric power projects occur in water bodies to come up with a joint water policy outlining the regulations and guidelines on the usage of water along the river in line with the climatic situation along the Zambezi basin.
Environment, Water and Climate Minister Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri says the involvement of ministries responsible for water will also allow further studies to be carried out since the Zambezi basin has on numerous occasions experienced earth tremors.
“We were worried about Kariba dam wall because of the earthquakes and we have had to put a team to study why it is happening now because, we had those experiences when we were having drought then also now that we have had floods we are still experiencing these tremors,” said Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri.
The incorporation of ministries responsible for water is set to speed up the project through information sharing.
The council of ministers are also expected to push for the necessary legislation in both parliaments to expedite implementation of the Batoka Hydro electric power scheme.
The programme which ran under the theme, “Harnessing Sustainable Power Potential of the Mighty Zambezi River”, also incorporated a tour of the Batoka site for potential investors to enable them to have an appreciation of the geographical set up of the site.