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Formal businesses need to be established along the route that includes the Maputo Ring Road, the Maputo/Catembe Bridge and the road to Ponta do Ouro in order to prevent the return of people who were resettled in other areas, said the head of the South Maputo Development Company, which manages the three projects.
Silva Magaia warned that under current conditions there is a risk that resettled residents would return to occupy in a disorderly manner the places they were transferred from, even after receiving due compensation.
Some projected petrol stations have begun to appear along the ring road, though it is still necessary to take advantage of the numerous opportunities to install infrastructures such as banks, shops and other formal businesses, he said.
Magaia was speaking during a presentation on business opportunities offered by the company’s projects, given during the 53rd Maputo International Fair.
Construction of the Maputo/Catembe Bridge should be finished by December, now that the metal sections that will comprise the bridge’s main deck are already on board the ship that will transport them, he explained, adding that it should depart for Maputo in the next few days after completing the respective paperwork.
Construction of the bridge, awarded to the China Road and Bridge Corporation, is part of the project to build the 209 km road between Maputo and Ponta de Ouro.
The mission of the South Maputo Development Company is to promote construction of the Maputo/Catembe Bridge and adjacent roads, as well as the entire Maputo Ring Road project. It is the public company responsible for all management of those construction projects.