Tanaka Nyambo, H-Metro Reporter
Harare City Council has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with a private company, Sesani Private limited to create light rail transport system known as tramways.
The move is aimed at ending the current transport woes and reduce congestion in the Central Business Unit.
A tram is a rail vehicle that runs on tramway tracks along public urban streets
In a presentation to a full council meeting, the Environmental Management Committee said the project promoters were also identified as Bitumen World Private Limited, DBF Capital Partners, Roughton International, Stewart Scott Zimbabwe and Norton Rose Fulbright.
“It submitted that if the project was implemented well, it would result in the introduction of a public transport system that is environmentally friendly and economically sustainable,” reads council minutes.
They further said it would reduce congestion, road traffic accidents and create employment.
Council proposed that the route and stations would be a Private Public Partnership of which partnership would be a 50 percent City of Harare and 50 percent Harare Metro Rail and the funding would be provided by commercial banks with a payback period of 25years.
Rail transport was once a popular mode of transport in and around Harare during the 90s and due to the economic challenges the conditions of some of the infrastructure and rolling stock is now poor.
Sesani (PVT) Ltd had made oral presentation and submitted written documents of the proposed Harare light rails to the department of works through the traffic and transportation section of the City of Harare
Council had invited interested partners to participate in various investment opportunities on a commercial basis and the company responded before they produced a concept note and they are currently carrying out feasibility study.