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    Gweru City Council to lose $5m if River Valley stands are approved


    – Cash-strapped Gweru City Council will lose $5 million if it commissions River Valley stands that developed on the country's fourth largest city's dumping site without approval.
    This was said by the City Engineer, Robson Manatsa in an interview with The Mirror.
    This money will have to be taxed on the ratepayers.
    Manatsa said to commission the 3 000 River Valley stands found in Woodlands Suburb means that the city's dumpsite will have to move to another place. He added that planning and construction of such a site will cost the ratepayers no less than $5 million and analysts have said that this is money that the local authority cannot afford considering that it is struggling to pay workers' wages.
    "It depends with the requirements of the dump site but for the city of Gweru l think we will need about $5 million dollars," said Manatsa
    He also said that if River Valley stands meet council requirements and are commissioned council will be left with no choice but to look for a new landfill to avoid disease outbreaks caused by a residential area located on a dumpsite.
    "We haven't connected the River Valley stands to the main lines yet because there is information that I still have to receive from the land developer. It is only after that, that I will go and inspect the project and then go to the next stage," said Manatsa.
    The stands were also condemned by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and the property developers were fined $7 000.
    The chairman of the Commission running the affairs of Gweru, Tsunga Mhangami referred questions to the City Health director when asked for a comment.
    Reliable sources told The Mirror that it was more expensive to move the dumpsite than to relocate the housing scheme.
    The source said this is the reason why land developers must carry out their work in line with procedure. The failure to follow procedure means that costly remedies will now have to be carried out at the expense of residents.
    "These are the reasons why Government created an Environmental Management Agent department to assess projects. It is to avoid these costly blunders," said the source.
    River Valley Properties Director, Smelly Dube whose housing project comprise of phase 1 and 2 both totalling 6 000 stands insists that the developments were done to standard. Phase 1 has already been approved and commissioned.
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