By Christine Chiromo
Gweru City Council (GCC) and the office of the Minister of State, Devolution and Provincial Affairs assessed progress at the Gweru’s long distance bus rank (Kudzanayi bus terminus) which has been under construction since May 2020.
Following delays of reopening due to covid-19 induced lockdowns that hampered completion of the rank which had been scheduled for reopening in September 2020, the bus terminus is now set to reopen this month.
Cllr Josiah Makombe said the time frame they had initially assumed the development would take was underestimated since the work was massive but he hope Kudzanayi will be opened for business by end of April so that the economic development of the city takes a boost.
“We have engaged the developer to speed up because we have given them enough time. I have made it clear to them that if they don’t stick to the timelines we will have to revisit the contract we did but so far so good.”
Bentach Resources director David Kudakwashe said the facility should be ready for use by end of April and the delay in completion of the job had been caused by challenges in logistics due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
“We should be finished by end of April as we are left with roofs and toilets only. Electricity and internet connectivity is also salient however we expect to be done in the next couple of weeks,” Kudakwashe said.
He added that the new stalls are set to accommodate at least 500 vendors and the limited spaces have a high probability that subletting will still exist amid efforts to decongest the place, restore order and ensure compliance with Covid-19 mitigation measures.
“We know stall barons are a challenge all over but we have set strategies to fight all that. Marshals will also have no place in this new structure to curb harassment and theft cases,”.