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    Dualisation: Compensation takes centre stage

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    •  Process to determine compensation levels begins


    MASVINGO – Geiger International, the company contracted by Government to carry out the $984 million dualisation of the Harare – Beitbridge Road has appointed an agent to do the environmental impact assessment (EIA) one of whose critical elements is to determine compensation to be paid for buildings and properties that are going to be destroyed during the project.
    The Mirror established that RCPCS Transcom Limited which won the contract has already started the EIA which is partly funded by the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe.
    Apart from determining compensation levels, the EIA will also assess the effect of the dualisation project on cultural sites, flora and fauna.
    EIA is a statutory requirement and no project is allowed to take place without an EIA certificate.
    Paul Kambalame, a consultant with CPCS confirmed the development in a telephone interview from his base in Harare.
    Geiger will compensate parties affected by the project through its local financial adviser, the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ).
    Kambalame also told The Mirror that the environmental assessment impact has already started with members of the public making submissions to CPCS Transcom Ltd and the submissions are being made to Environment Management Agency (EMA).
    "We have started receiving submissions from the public on the environmental impact of the dualisation of the highway. Most people are very excited about the project and the submissions are positive so far," said Kambalame.
    He added that after the written submissions the next stage is for the company to go on the ground and do the EIA along the whole route of the highway.
    EMA Masvingo provincial manager Robson Mavhondo said his organisation will have 60 days to assess the report and where it is negative the Authority will require the construction company to come up with remedies and where there are no avenues for remedies, EMA will bar construction work.
     "The Agency has a statutory obligation to review the document within 60 days from date of submission and respond in writing if the proponent has been denied an EIA certificate. If the EIA report has been approved the proponent is issued with an EIA certificate. An EIA report is not meant to retard or stop development but to make the project socio –economic and environmentally acceptable," said Mavondo.
    Engineer Irene Michael from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development did not respond to questions on the cost of the EIA project before going to Press.
    Gieger International from Austria won the tender to construct the highway under a public private partnership arrangement and according to the EMA statutes (SI 10 of 2007) it is mandatory that an EIA be done before the project commences.
    The 583km long road dualisation project was commissioned by President Mugabe in May this year and is expected to take three years to complete.news top story

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