A study on the introduction of tolls on more roads in Mozambique should be completed by the end of the year, the Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources said in Pequenos Libombos.
Carlos Bonete said the central idea of the study is to ensure availability of resources for maintenance and development of the roads, giving them high standards of traffic flow and road safety.
The potential roads identified to become toll roads are currently national road No. 1, Beira/Machipanda, Nampula/Cuamba/Lichinga, Caniçado/Chicualacuala, Chimoio/Espungabera, Catembe/Ponta do Ouro/Boane, National Road No. 6 and the Maputo Ring Road.
Current toll roads in Mozambique are National No. 4, National Roads Nos. 7 and 9, in Tete province, as well as large bridges such as Xai-Xai (Gaza), Samora Machel (Tete) Save (on the river of the same name connecting the provinces of Inhambane and Sofala) and Armando Guebuza (over the Zambezi river, linking Sofala and Zambézia provinces).
Cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, the minister gave assurances that the introduction of tolls would always be preceded by maintenance work to improve the condition of the roads.
In the case of National Road No. 1, for example, work is planned in phases to improve road conditions and tolls are expected to be introduced as each section is completed. (macauhub/MZ)