17 Jul 2014 18:50pm
AMWAANDA, 17 JUL (NAMPA) The communities of the Iitapa, Okiizimba, Okeeholongo and Olumpelengwa settlements in the Okahao Constituency will have a district gravel road, which is to be constructed between Amwaanda and Omutambogwomawe, within the next 18 months.
Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, Kilus Nguvauva performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of that gravel road on behalf of line Minister Erkki Nghimtina at the Amwaanda village in the Omusati Region on Thursday.
Once completed, this new access road will open up a world to communities who have been cut off through years of neglect, said Nghimtina in his statement read by his deputy.
The gravel road to be constructed is registered as district road (DR) 3635, and stretches over 70km, including another 14.5km gravel road from Okahao town to the Amwaanda village.
The road, Nghimtina stated, is part of the governments development programme to provide adequate and sustainable transport infrastructures.
It is also an integral part of the implementation of the countrys Vision 2030, which calls for the improvement of the quality of life of the people of Namibia to the level of their counterparts in the developed world by 2030, he said.
The road will be constructed by labour-based methods, and about 350 members of the local community are expected to be employed in the project.
A joint venture between Bicon and Aurecon Consulting Engineers is the consultant in the project, while the Brandberg Construction is the main contractor and will work in partnership with local small and medium sub-contractors.
The government funds the project to the tune of N.dollars 54.2 million, and the Roads Authority is responsible for the overall management of the project.