Council fails to attract mass public transport investors

28 Nov, 2023 - 15:11 0 Views
Council fails to attract mass public transport investors Mr Samuel Nyabezi speaks on greenways in this file picture.

Suburban

Diana Nherera Suburban Reporter

The City of Harare is failing to attract investors to invest in mass public transport for the city, a recent Ward 41 service delivery meeting heard.

Participants at the Ward 41 residents’ service delivery feedback meeting heard that investors feel urban public transportation is not viable.

Marlborough, Bluff Hill, Westgate, Avonlea, Emerald Hill, Good Hope, Ashbrittle and Willow Creek are the suburbs under Ward 41.

Residents at the meeting expressed concerns over their safety when they are commuting using pirate taxis commonly known as mushikashikas.

The residents called for adequate and safe urban transport.

 “When we see people bundled together in small cars, people are trying to find solutions to go to work to find economic means.

“Why is the Government sitting on opportunities to open up the space for people to be moved safely and properly and adequately to town to participate in the economy?” asked one resident.

The residents asked City of Harare officials at the meeting why council is not investing in public transportation infrastructure.

“What is stopping the city from having public transportation like it was years back?”

Responding to the residents, Mr Samuel Nyabeza from the City of Harare’s department of works (planning and development) said there is need for subsidies in order to run a profitable urban transport system because investors have so far shunned partnering the city in setting up a mass public transport system in Harare.

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