By John Nhandara
THE country’s road network is set for a major facelift with the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) expected to disburse ZWL17 for road maintenance next month.
ZINARA Board Chair, Dr George Manyaya gave a breakdown of the allocation process when he addressed the media in Harare this Monday saying the allocation of the funds is based on a national road condition survey that was conducted recently.
“We are distributing ZWL34 billion this year starting in March. The department of roads will get ZWL6,3 billion, while DDF will be allocated ZWL4,5 billion. Harare City Council will get ZWL1,1 billion,” he said.
Meanwhile, the road authority has set a target of ZWL34 billion this year from toll and licensing fees.
Part of the money will be directed towards repayment of a loan that was acquired from the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA) to upgrade the Plumtree-Bulawayo- Mutare highway.
“We have set a target of raising ZWL34 billion. 95 per cent of this money is for road works. We will also use part of the money to repay our DBSA loan. Last year we paid ZWL5 billion.
ZINARA is responsible for the collection and fixing road user charges as well as mobilising revenue for periodic and routine road maintenance works by the various road authorities.