By Staff Reporter
About 200 residential stands under Marondera’s Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle housing project Phase Two have been condemned as the area is mountainous and infested with huge stones.
The housing project which was designed in two phases, was undertaken at Elmswood Farm by the Government of Zimbabwe in 2004 in an effort to cushion residents who had been affected by Operation Murambatsvina.
Phase One involved construction of 106 two-roomed core houses by the Government which were then allocated to the most affected, whilst 90 houses were constructed in high density area and 16 were built in medium density area.
Under Phase Two, which was initiated in 2006, 1 303 mixed density stands whose development was to be 100 percent financed by the beneficiaries themselves with government coming in as technical advisers.
Briefing the Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities Daniel Garwe who was on a tour of Marondera’s housing cooperatives in the town, the ministry’s provincial head Bernard Nyapokoto said, a total of 554 stands were created under high density, of which 81 of them were condemned as undevelopable due to rocks on the area, thus some cannot be serviced by roads, water and sewer.
Under medium density category, Nyapoko revealed that 315 stands were created with 34 of them being condemned.
Stands were allocated on rocks and wet land.
“They were condemned as undevelopable due to rocks and some are located within a wet land as they are within the flood plain of an existing dam located in stand 176,” said Nyapokoto.
He added that 400 stands were set aside as low density stands with 69 of them also getting condemned as the area has mountains and rocks.
However, Nyapokoto said that they have come up with three resolutions to compensate beneficiaries whose stands were condemned, which are; to repossess stands from those beneficiaries who are not active and allocate them to those whose stands were condemned.
They also resolved to convert some of the areas designated as open spaces into stands so that some individuals whose stands were condemned will benefit as well as identify alternative state land and allocate stands to the affected individuals.