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THE Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has said it requires US$115 million to rehabilitate the country’s dilapidated roads, which have been in a state of neglect for many years.

About 354 km requires immediate attention, according to the city fathers.

BCC director for engineering services, Simela Dube, said the situation was so bad that even the central business district (CBD) was affected.

“We are saying an investment of almost US$115 million is required for us to take our network back to reasonable conditions,” Dube said.

Dube said BCC was working on various programmes, one funded by the city to the tune of US$5 million, and the other funded by the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA), which has this year disbursed US$200 000 to the local authority.

Municipalities across the country have accused ZINARA of allocating insufficient funds towards roads rehabilitation. Local authorities used to collect licence fees from motor vehicles, which they used to fund road infrastructure projects, before ZINARA took over that role.

“On the local roads we are working on a proposal where we are going to try and team up with communities, supply them with the materials and they do the pothole patching while we provide them with inputs in the form of tar and aggregates,” added Dube.

Source : Financial Gazette