The Mozambican government has put out public tenders for the concession to private entities of several national roads, the Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, Carlos Bonete, has announced.
The first phase of the concession project involves the Matola/Boane, Marracuene/Lindela, Nampula/Nacala, Vanduzi/Changara and Monapo/Mozambique Island sections and the introduction of tolls, said Bonete, cited by the Maputo-based daily Notícias.
At the opening of his ministry’s second Coordinating Council, under way in Marracuene, Bonete explained that the introduction of toll roads is crucial, given ongoing growth of the national road network and increased maintenance needs.
The minister recalled that large sums have been spent to build and maintain roads, mentioning as examples the work on the Boane/Moamba, Maputo/Ponta do Ouro and Boane/Bela Vista sections in Maputo province.
He also highlighted ongoing work on the Beira/Machipanda, Alto Benfica/Milange and Nampula/Cuamba/Mandimba/Lichinga roads.
The first phase of the latter encompasses 350 km between Nampula and Cuamba, of which about 234 have been completed between Nampula an Malema. The second phase involves the Cuamba/Mandima/Lichinga section, about 330 km long.
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