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Maputo city government is considering improving alternative routes as a way of mitigating the impact of tolls on the Maputo ring road.
In hearings this week, Maputo-Sul Development, the company responsible for the construction of the Maputo ring road, presented plans to install five tolls on the Txumene, Matola-Gare, ACIPOL-EN1, Chiango-Marracuene and Costa do Sol (Casa Jovem) sections of the Maputo Ring Road.
Taking into account the implications of tolls for users, Maputo-Sul was asked to find ways to mitigate costs by, for example, charging a single toll even if a trip involved two sections.
The authorities also examined the possibility of alternative routes that would allow toll-free travel from Maputo city centre to Matola and Marracuene.
According to the government of the city of Maputo spokesman, Levy Marrengula, the authorities’ concern is “to avoid social upheavals” when the route becomes a toll road, adding that Maputo-Sul had not specified a commencement date for the tolls or the amounts that would be levied.
With a total length of 74 kilometres, 52 of which are to be built from scratch, the new Maputo Ring Road is a state project connecting the cities of Maputo and Matola with the village of Marracuene on a circular route.Source: Notícias