Repair and paving work on the Nampula to Cuamba road, over a distance of 348 kilometres, will be completed next October, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.
The project was due for completion in August 2014, which did not happen due to delays in construction of the Malema to Cuamba stretch, of around 114 kilometres, known as Lot C.
“Only in October 2015 will the connection between the cities of Nampula and Cuamba be complete through this fully repaired and paved road,” said Public Works and Housing Deputy Minister, Francisco Pereira,
The project to repair and pave the road is divided into three lots awarded to three companies, two from China and one from Portugal.
Lot “A”, with 131 kilometres comprising the section from the city of Nampula to Ribaué, was awarded to the China Henan International Cooperation Group (Chico), Lot “B” of 103 kilometres, covering the Ribaué to Malema section is being recovered by China Communications Construction and Lot “C” of 114 kilometres, comprising the Malema to Cuamba stretch, is carried out by Portuguese construction company Construções Gabriel AS Couto.
This project is estimated to cost US$267 million financed by the government of Mozambique and partners such as the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the African Development Bank and South Korea’s Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im).(macauhub/CN/MZ/PT)