US$2.6 billion needed for infrastructure development countrywide: Land Commission

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President Mnangagwa receives a report from Land Commission chairperson Justice Tendai Uchena, while Vice President Constantino Chiwenga looks on, at Munhumutapa Offices in Harare, Dec 10, 2019.-Picture: Tawanda Mudimu

THE Land Commission says a staggering US$2.6 billion is needed for infrastructure development countrywide for urban and peri-urban settlements.

The present commission, chaired by Justice Tendai Uchena, was instituted in 2015 but sworn in by incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2018, has revealed that many sprouting urban and per-urban residential settlements on State land throughout the country had no basic amenities such as roads, water and sewer reticulations.

A whopping US$1 420 241 598 is needed for roads alone.

Land Commission chairperson Uchena also said they needed US$857 721 234 for sewer.

For water Services, Uchena said US$226 315 016 was needed.

The commission further established that in some cases, where development is currently taking place, it was being done without approved engineering designs for roads, water and sewer reticulation.

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