P1.1 billion needed for Gaborone roads
At least P1.1 billion is needed to develop and maintain roads , street lights and the roads’ drainage systems in Gaborone. This was revealed by the Gaborone City Mayor Kagiso Thutlwe when addressing the 2015/16 first full council meeting on Monday. According to the Mayor , a lot of the infrastructure is in a very bad state, with only a few lights working, a lot of potholes on the roads and most roads needing total reconstruction as they have long passed their design life.
“We need at least P1.1 billion to be able to bring all these to a standard befitting a diamond city. I still reiterate the statements made by my predecessor and lobby for more funds to make these improvements for a better city and enhance trading which we all yearn for as a country,” Thutlwe said.
On the ongoing Botswana Intergrated Transport Projects, which are aimed at improving road traffic flow especially during peak hours, Thutlwe said the tender documents to procure the contractor to carry the detailed design and upgrading of the traffic signals with installation of Centralised Traffic Control (CTC) have been completed and are expected to be floated at the end of June. He explained that the upgrading of traffic signals and installation of CTC is estimated to take about 30 months and that the contractor will continue with operation and maintenance for another 60 months.
Thutlwe further stated that a tender to maintain the existing signaling system in the city has been prepared, evaluated and that it is awaiting award.
He said as the council, they are aware of heavy traffic in the city, especially during peak periods at the three major roads intersections along the K T Motsete Drive , commonly known as the Western Bypass. “ These intersections have been identified as bottlenecks to traffic flow which would otherwise be smooth along the city’s major routes.” As a result, he said, the Greater Gaborone Multimodal Transportation Study has recommended undertaking studies to prepare for the conceptual design options at each of the three intersections where K T Motsete Drive meets Lobatse Road ( Game City), Willie Seboni Road ( BTV) and Kudumatse Road (Rainbow).
Meanwhile, speaking on the Council’s financials, Thutlwe said from their approved budget of P321 106 430.00 for 2015/16, they have already spent P54 859 482.00 (17 per cent) and that they anticipate to spend 25 per cent by end of June 2015. Regarding rates, the council has collected rates arrears of P14 338 585.11 and 49 000 plots amounting to P100 400 555.41 have been billed for the 2015/2016 financial year.