25 Oct 2017 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 25 OCT (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob is pleased with the progress made on Namibias infrastructure development.
I must say we have done a great job so far if you look at what has been achieved, Geingob said on Wednesday after visiting phase one of the Trunk Road (TR) 9/1 upgrade to carriageway standard in Windhoek.
Infrastructure development is one of the high priority projects of the Harambee Prosperity Plan championed by the current administration.
Geingob emphasised that infrastructure development is for Namibia to become a service hub for neighbouring landlocked countries.
We have given them dry ports; now they are actually sea-linked instead of landlocked, using our infrastructure, and I hope along the roads there will be service stations and restaurants. That way we will be creating jobs, he said.
The upgrade of the TR9/1 from Windhoek to the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) is divided in three phases.
Phase one is the construction of a divided dual carriageway that stretches 6.5 kilometres from Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue to the future Sam Nujoma interchange on the way to the HKIA.
The project cost N.dollars 798 670 285.75 and to date, more than N.dollars 193 million was used on the project.
Speaking at the same event, Roads Authority Chief Executive Officer Conrad Lutombi said originally the completion date of phase one was 27 February 2019.
However, due to other challenges that we are faced with, we anticipate that we are going to complete this project towards the end of 2019, he said.
A project brief of phase one states that one main challenge faced by the contractor is obtaining water for construction purposes.
The contractor is making use of semi-purified water for construction purposes, but this water is very intermittent and not always available in the needed quantities.
The contractor also constructed temporary dams to use dam water when available.
The aquifer in the Windhoek basin is contributing to the shortage due to the fact that the contractor may not extract water for construction purposes, the project brief states.
Phase one is constructed through a joint venture between Namibias Onamagonwa Trading Enterprises and China Railway Seventh Group.