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Harare City Council patches potholes

by Staff Reporter
10 Jan 2014 at 15:40hrs | Views
The Harare City Council has begun patching potholes on the city's roads, as well as clearing drainage systems to ensure smooth flow of rainwater into major outlets.

Speaking to ZBC, Engineer George Munyonga said the pothole-patching programme begins with the filling of potholes with gravel, followed by pre-mix patching.

He said oil leaks from vehicles are a detriment to the city's roads as tar reacts to the oil, eventually leading to damage of roads.

Engineer Munyonga said the reaction is reliably evident in areas where road blocks have been mounted, as vehicles tend to take long to be cleared and in the process, there are pools of oil on the roads if some of the vehicles have leaks.

"If you can not drain it, do not build it," said Engineer Munyonga, referring to the need to maintain drainage systems.

The council has since received 60 000 kilogrammes of tar for pothole filling from the Zimbabwe National Road Administration but says it requires over two million kilogrammes to be able to cover all roads in the city.

Mbare residents who participated in the drainage cleaning exercise, challenged the city fathers to prioritise service delivery and improve the capital’s road infrastructure and drainage system.

The City of Harare has over the years been castigated for misplacing priorities and failing to repair the pothole infested city roads.

The city allocates 70 percent of its budget to salaries against a government directive to allocate this figure to service delivery and 30 percent to salaries.

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Source - zbc