Government Wants To Invest 300 Million USD In Requalification OF RURAL Roads
Maputo, 4 Jan (AIM) – The Mozambican Government, through the Ministry of Public Works, intends to invest this year 20 billion meticais (about 313 million dollars at the current exchange rate) for the rehabilitation of rural roads and installation of bridges.
According to a document of the Annual Plan of Activities and Budget of the Road Fund, cited in Wednesday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Notícias”, this amount is a cut of rather more than a billion meticais compared to the previous year.
Of the funds in question, more than nine billion meticais will come from tax revenues, including fuel taxes, and road tolls. Just over ten billion meticais will come from donations from development partners and from international financial institutions.
“A total of 14,290 kilometres of rural roads are under rehabilitation in the provinces of Zambézia and Nampula”, says the document, adding that work is also underway to build bridges over the Buzi, Mutivasse and Save Rivers in Sofala and Nampula.
There is a need, the document says, to mobilize more resources to cover the budget deficit for the implementation of additional actions of the Integrated Rural Road Development Project and to repair the damage caused by the tropical storms Ana and Gombe, which had their greatest impact in Zambézia and Nampula.
Last year, the Public Works Ministry rehabilitated 530 kilometres of rural roads and tarred 145 kilometres. and “this year it intends to speed up the works in order to enable the easy circulation of people and goods.”