29 Jul 2014 13:50pm
GOBABIS, 29 JUL (NAMPA) - The upgrading of the Gobabis-Aminuis-Aranos road is already showing positive signs of economic development for the Aminuis Constituency, the regional councillor for the Aminuis Constituency, Erwin Uanguta has said.
He told Nampa on Monday that although the bulk of economic impact is yet to be experienced when the road works eventually start in the Aminuis Constituency, positive economic spin offs have already been experienced by members of his constituency.
Uanguta noted that more than 150 unskilled and semi-skilled workers, a large percentage of whom are from Aminuis, have already taken up employment on the road upgrade project.
This represents more than 50 per cent of the employment target for the entire construction phase, which stands at 382 workers.
The construction of this road came at a good time. From those employed on this projects, a few cents are taken back home to their respective families. At least one or two families can now share a plate of food around the fire instead of simply staring into the dead flames, he said.
Uanguta said entrepreneurs in the constituency have benefited from the presence of more people in their area of business, as those working on the road upgrade buy from their home-based businesses.
It may be a bit too early to tell at the moment, but local shop owners here have experienced an increase in customer traffic to their business, which is indeed a welcome sign of economic spin offs of the road upgrade project, he noted.
More economic benefits for the entire region lie ahead, as the road works enters populated areas of the Aminuis and Aranos constituencies towards the middle of the construction period.
Construction work is expected to take three years.
The upgrading of the road is expected to ease transport and travel along the gravel road, which has become synonymous for potholes and uneven surface.
The 232km road will be tarred in its entirety along the current gravel road, and no major diversions are expected to be done on it as was the case with the Gobabis-Otjinene road upgrade.