Maputo, Mozambique, 4 Oct – The Samora Machel bridge over the Zambezi River, in Mozambique’s Tete province, will be handed over to private management for 30 years and Portuguese-Mozambican consortium Estradas do Zambeze will be responsible for its operation and maintenance, said the consortium’s chairman, António Graça.
According to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, exploration of the bridge will include the toll payment system on the bridge, which will be exclusively used by passenger vehicles as soon as construction of the bridge is concluded, within approximately 42 months.
Graça added that assistance and security on the roads in the Tete corridor is part of a maintenance operation that, under the terms of the concession contract, will be the exclusive responsibility of Estradas do Zambeze.
In order to carry out these activities, the concession-holder has hired Operadora Estradas do Zambeze, whose shareholders are Ascendi, Soares da Costa Concessões and Infra, which will be responsible for the maintenance of the new Tete bridge and its access roads, as well as for the repair and maintenance of some roads in a 700-kilometre radius.
The Estradas do Zambeze consortium is also responsible for the project to build a second bridge over the Zambezi River, in the city of Tete, work on which is undergoing some difficulties due to a number of factors that are causing delays to construction, which begin in mid-2009. (macauhub)