Govt to construct bridges, roads in Caledonia

Workmen in Caledonia, Harare, dig a trench yesterday while constructing a makeshift bridge to allow people and vehicles to pass through. The area is rendered impassable during the rainy season.  —  Munyaradzi Chamalimba

Workmen in Caledonia, Harare, dig a trench yesterday while constructing a makeshift bridge to allow people and vehicles to pass through. The area is rendered impassable during the rainy season. — Munyaradzi Chamalimba

Rutendo Rori Herald Reporter
The Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing is working on constructing eight bridges and a 4,2 kilometre road in Caledonia, in a project spearheaded by the Caledonia Management Committee.

Caledonia Management Committee chairperson Mr Percy Toriro said in an interview yesterday that some of the material for bridge construction was already on site.

“For now we want to construct eight bridges to try and link up the 20 phases of Caledonia and some of the required material is already on the ground,” said Mr Toriro.

“We are going to construct the 4,2km road which links Caledonia with Tafara, Damafalls and Ruwa and come August, that road should be finished.”

Mr Toriro said the committee will be dealing with tenders next month and at least four bridges were likely to be constructed in the next two months.

“We are looking forward to have at least four bridges up by the end of March and by early June all the eight bridges should be complete,” he said.

Mr Toriro encouraged residents of Caledonia to pay their monthly contribution since the project was self-financed and the process was dependent upon their level of contribution.

“We are also facing a challenge from a few unscrupulous people who continue to sell Government land illegally although we are working with police to make sure that these land barons are prosecuted,” said Mr Toriro.

He said people in Caledonia can now be guaranteed security of tenure.

“After almost a year of putting things together, we are now in a position where we can safely say things are beginning to happen and people in Caledonia can be guaranteed security of tenure,” Mr Toriro said.

“We are going to make sure that Caledonia is properly managed.”

Mr Toriro said besides construction of bridges and roads, Government drilled 22 boreholes in a bid to provide clean water for the residents.

He said Government was surveying 20 000 stands and after that it will move people who are located on wrong sites .

Caledonia started as an illegal settlement where land barons were parcelling out stands to desperate home-seekers, but Government has moved in to regularise the settlement and incorporated it into Harare municipality.

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