N$2 million earmarked
MANGETTI DUNE - The ongoing feasibility studies on the Tsumkwe C44 gravel road being conducted by the Roads Authority (RA), with a plan to upgrade it to a bitumen standard, continue to excite residents of the constituency.
The chief executive officer of the RA, Conrad Lutombi, on Saturday said the feasibility studies on the road started in May this year and are expected to be completed in March 2020.
Lutombi said a feasibility study involves regular site visits by road engineers and technical teams to investigate the accessibility constraints of the road, designs and predict the traffic flows of the vehicles on it once it is completed.
The CEO said the study alone on the C44 Tsumkwe gravel road would cost approximately N$2 million for a distance of about 300 kilometres from the T-junction of Grootfontein to Tsumkwe, Gam and Dobe border post.
“I cannot hide my excitement to hear about the feasibility studies on the Tsumkwe road, because it means one day the Tsumkwe gravel road will be tarred,” said Francina Hishekwa-Ghauz, the councillor of the Tsumkwe constituency.
Hishekwa-Ghauz said once the tarring is done the constituency would then start to see development activities coming to the people in Tsumkwe.
The deputy minister of marginalised communities, Royal /Ui/o/oo, also a resident of Tsumkwe, said once the C44 gravel road is upgraded to a bitumen standard, Tsumkwe would start to experience economic growth and employment opportunities.
/Ui/o/oo said the residents will even appreciate it more if the actual road construction is carried out in phases from Grootfontein to Rooidag Gate, later continued to Tsumkwe, Gam and Dobe border post.
“We have lost so many lives on this long drive gravel road of approximately 300 kilometres, therefore any upgrading on it will definitely improve our lives as our vehicles are also driving on it in poor conditions,” /Ui/o/oo said. - Nampa