Pothole patcher comes to Byo

The Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) last week handed over heavy duty pothole patching vehicle to the Bulawayo City Council in a move set to improve the city‘s roads.

The Jetpatcher.
The Jetpatcher.

The state-of –the –art machine worth thousands of dollars was handed over to council officials by Nicholas Goche, the Minister of Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development.

“This jetpatcher machine will bring efficiency in road maintenance and minimize the misuse of funds by road authorities. Although we still need more machines, we hope this machine will alleviate challenges facing councils in road maintenance,” said Goche.

The jetpatcher kit uses a high –velocity air stream to clear existing holes of any debris and water, as well as laying and compacting new asphalt.

Council senior public relations officer Nesisa Mpofu said:“Most of the city’s roads are littered with potholes. Pothole repairing is very expense but with the arrival of this machine we hope we will able to fix some of the roads.”

Harare was the first to receive the pothole patching machine, while other road authorities are also set to receive the machines. Bulawayo City Council this year suspended most Zinara-funded projects following the failure by the road authority to disburse funds to finance last year’s road maintenance projects.

According to a recent council report, Zinara only disbursed $1,2 million out of the $3 million allocated.

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