The first phase of implementation of the Sumben Housing Project in Harare’s Mount Pleasant Heights region is reportedly nearing completion. The Zimbabwean Infrastructural Development Bank, recently revealed that the project is approximately 98% complete.
This phase of the project according to IDBZ spokesperson Priscillah Zvobgo included site servicing with roads and stormwater drainage, water reticulation, sewage reticulation, and street lighting.
Work done so far at the Sumben Housing Project site in Harare
“As it stands the project is fully compliant with all statutory requirements. It has passed and achieved partial compliance for water reticulation, roads, stormwater drains, and completion of the installation of street lighting,” explained Zvobgo.
“However,” the IDBZ spokesperson said, “while the sewage reticulation has been connected, it will require rehabilitation of an outfall sewer line that was damaged.” “This,” she continued, “will ensure that the wastewater from Sumben does not trickle into the environment. It will instead be properly channeled to the Marlborough sewage ponds.”
Upon the completion of the rehabilitation of the outfall sewer line, partial compliance for sewage reticulation will be issued. Consequently, the Sumben Housing Project in Harare will have a full certificate of compliance.”
When the stakeholders are expected to begin work on their lots at the scheme
According to Zvobgo residents would be given a green light once Harare City Council and IDBZ finish rehabilitating the outfall sewer line.
She said, “City of Harare and the bank are currently conducting due procurement processes to carry out the remaining works. When this has been done, the partial compliance for sewer reticulation will be issued as well as the go-ahead for locals to begin construction on their separate stands.”
People who had stakes in the project were worried. Also, some people said that IDBZ hadn’t been in touch for a while. A few worried beneficiaries voiced their concerns. They had worries that IDBZ might not have obtained the project’s environmental impact assessment certificate.
But now the project is evidently moving forward smoothly, according to Harare mayor Jacob Mafume.