Mozambique’s Sofala province rebuilding over 1,500 kilometres of roads

29 June 2009

Beira, Mozambique, 29 June – Over 1,500 kilometres of roads that are currently impassable or which are not fully functioning due to their poor state of repair are now being rebuilt in Sofala province as part of project launched in May and which is expected to continue until next December.

According to newspaper Notícias, 20 contractors were selected that were awarded public tenders launched in January, and the Roads Fund has already provided 77.668 billion meticals to make the projects possible.

Of that amount, 60.017 billion meticals will be applied to the routine maintenance of 1,510 kilometres and the remaining 17.651 billion to improvements on 185 kilometres.

The National Roads Administration (ANE) said it believes that before the project was concluded the amount of roads in good or reasonable condition will increase from 65.2 percent at the moment to 80 percent in a region that currently has a road network of 2,342 kilometres of classified roads.

According to the ANE delegate in Sofala, Belmiro Rodolfo, in order to carry out the programme a process of consignment of contracts is underway between the state and the contractors at a time when equipment is already being arranged for use on the project. (macauhub)