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The first two Maputo Ring Road toll stations are expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2018.
Initially, Maputo Sul, the management company of the Ring Road, planned to implement the tolling system by the end of this year, but financing problems have delayed works.
Today’s edition of Noticias quotes Maputo Sul Board of Directors Chairman Silva Magaia as saying that the government has approved financing for the construction of the two tolls, the first of which will cover the Baixa-Chiango section, and the second the Zimpeto-Marracuene section.
Magaia is concerned that the road is not yet profitable, especially as the infrastructure itself is subject to wear.
“We are aware that maintenance of the road has a cost and that, for a minimum of 10 years, we will not have problems with the infrastructure. But we also have to be prepared for when maintenance is necessary,” Magaia says.
Maputo Ring Road will eventually have five tolls generating revenues for maintenance and road safety and reducing direct government funding.
Magaia considers it a matter of urgency to establish businesses along the ring road, the Maputo Ka Tembe Bridge and the road to Ponta Do Ouro.
He warns of the danger of people who have already been resettled re-occupying the locations from which they were transferred in a disorderly manner, even after they have been properly compensated, and laments the way in which that some informal economic operators are setting up shop in a way that reduces safety on the road, especially in Albasine and Zimpeto.
Some gas station projects are beginning to take shape along the route, but Magaia stresses the necessity of taking advantage of the numerous opportunities available to open banks, shops and other formal businesses.