Rutendo Rori Herald Reporter
The management committee on Caledonia has completed surveying 12 000 residential stands as Government moves to bring sanity at the settlement.
The stands would be allocated soon.
Committee chairperson Mr Percy Toriro confirmed the development.
“As part of the regularisation of Caledonia, our surveyors are now conducting title surveys. Once surveys are complete, we will undertake a massive exercise to move everyone into their proper stands.
“There are many people that were settled on school sites and space reserved for other uses such as clinics, churches and shopping centres,” said Mr Toriro.
He said beneficiaries would soon be allocated their stands.
“All residents on improper sites will be moved to the planned sites because the schools, churches and shopping centres will also be needed once everyone is settled.”
Mr Toriro said the project has given residents security of tenure as everything was now approved by the relevant authorities.
“They are getting Government leases and once they pay for land and infrastructure, they will get title deeds. City of Harare will now manage the settlement in the same manner they manage all other suburbs,” he said.
Mr Toriro said a contractor for bridges at Caledonia was now on site.
“Work has since started on the actual construction of bridges. We are going to be moving at supersonic speed and all the eight bridges that will link all phases of Caledonia will be finished in eight weeks.
“So before the end of April the development team comprising the Caledonia Management Committee and the Urban Development Corporation will be taking the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing to Caledonia for the handover of the eight bridges.”
He said construction of the main link road would be completed by April.
Caledonia was Harare’s biggest illegal settlement where land barons fleeced desperate home-seekers of thousands of dollars before Government intervened.