Joint venture street lighting scheme for Marondera

The town council here will go to tender soon to secure a private sector partner to provide reliable public street lighting.

Marondera Town Council rehabilitates tower lights and street lighting.
Marondera Town Council rehabilitates tower lights and street lighting.

Street lighting in the town has been in a shambles starting early nineties due to both lack of resources and poor project management by the power utilities.

“The pilot project will be at the new suburb of Lower Paradise. A pre-paid metre facility would be put in place at the suburb. The arrangement would be on a joint venture bases. Council already has the lighting infrastructure in most parts of the town and the new private partner would be responsible for the servicing and proper maintenance of the infrastructure to ensure residents get adequate lighting around the clock,” said Mayor Farai Nyandoro.

He said initially the partnership would be for the next three or four years and would be subject to review thereafter.

At present council electricians are rehabilitating the town tower lighting system by replacing faulty bulbs and doing minor servicing. The tower light and other street lighting system was operating at half its capacity due to lack of resources. This deprived residents the much needed service for which they paid heavy bills. Criminal activities such as mugging and anti-social behaviour like prostitution thrived in the resulting darkness.

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