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    Tokwe Mukorsi Master Plan out in 9 months

    •     6 000 more villagers to be relocated
    •      New tourism and agro-based business opportunities


    MASVINGO - The master plan for land use of the recently commissioned $260m Tokwe – Mukorsi mega dam will be out in the next nine months thereby paving way for Masvingo's newest agro-based urban settlement.
    Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe chief executive officer Thomas Sakala confirmed (IDBZ) the development in an exclusive interview with The Mirror recently and added that IBDZ is funding the master plan at a cost of US$800 000.
    The first phase of the plan, contracted to MBB Consultants, a reputable South African company will be out in three months time. It is expected that MBB will also review a 1994 plan by Collin Beillerfrom France.
    Unlike other projects where stands are dished out for empowerment and patronage purposes, the allocation of Tokwe – Mukorsi stands will strictly be based on capacity to develop and productivity, according to sentiments expressed by various Cabinet Ministers including Patrick Chinamasa at a recent launch of an elite housing scheme in Masvingo. 
    The Mirror understands that key to the master plan is an urban settlement complete with hotels, resort homes, a fishing industry, water games including boating, residential suburbs, schools, churches and a vast irrigation scheme stretching out in all directions.
    The master plan will however, cause a push factor to villagers staying within the vicinity of the dam as 6 000 more families are expected to be relocated. Thousands other families were evicted four years ago when the dam filled up.
    "A South African company, MBB Consultants has been contracted to do the Master Plan and the first phase will be completed in three months. This first phase includes material background check up. MBB is a reputable company which has done work in countries like Mali in West Africa," said Sakala.
    The first phase will also include a quick review of the master plan done by Collin Beiller from France in 1994 which experts feel needs review as there are many changes that have taken place since then, said Engineer Tinayeshe Mutazu of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate.
    "The new Master Plan will take into consideration changes brought about by the land reform programme and the 25 000 hectares of land to be put under irrigation as well as about 6 000 villagers to be displaced (project affected people (PAP) who will be moved to make way for the irrigation and the dam's flood movements," said Eng Mutazu.
    He said Government will be responsible for compensation of the PAP.
    Tokwe Mukorsi Dam was commissioned by President Mugabe in May this year after a troubled construction period where there were many stoppages because of financial problems.top story news
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