Story by Tichaona Kurewa
A section of the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highway which was destroyed by floods last month is now being repaired after the government released funds for the project.
The government is fulfilling its pledge of leaving no one and no place behind in the development matrix with a section of the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highway destroyed by rains last month being attended to, much to the delight of residents, motorists and tourism players.
A motorist told ZBC News, “We are delighted by this development, this potion has developed into a death trap.”
The local authority is equally excited about the project being implemented by Drawlinks Civil Engineers.
City of Victoria Falls Acting Mayor, Councillor Tonderayi Mutasa said, “We were afraid that we may be easily cut off from the outer world. This is the only way out of Victoria Falls, one this road is affected, and it was going to affect many things from delivery as well as transportation of tourists between the city and the airport. We are very grateful that this is taking place and we are so grateful that the government that through its pledge that it is going to leave no place and no one behind, we are seeing it happening here. Through engagement, they are here to help us make this place look good.”
Matabeleland North Provincial Roads Engineer, Engineer Xolani Ncube gave an insight into the scope of the work and timelines.
“Work on Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Highway which was washed away has started. The contractor is expected on that section in three weeks’ time. The scope of works is that we are going to do two culverts of 1 200 millimetre pipe diameter and construction of a drain lining in between these two culverts and finally the slope protection on these culverts,” he said.
The road is strategic for business as it links the resort city with the airport and Kazungula border.