Marondera to allocate 14 000 housing stands
© MARONDERA Town Council plans to allocate 14 000 medium, high and low density housing stands this year in a bid to clear a 17 000 housing backlog.
Marondera mayor Chengetai Murowa told the Daily News that the town had set an ambitious target of cutting the housing backlog by 82 percent. He said the council was working on servicing stands in Hunyani Timberlands area where desperate home-seekers had allocated themselves stands last year. They were, however, evicted by riot police.
“Timberland is council land, so those who wanted to bulldoze the allocation process were stopped by the police and right now we are working on servicing the ground to allow construction,” Murowa said.
Chamber secretary Runashe Nyamuzihwa added that the local authority was currently servicing 40 stands near the Marondera Showgrounds after which they would move to Hunyani Timberlands.
“According to the master plan, at Hunyani we are expecting 14 000 stands and servicing of the area is set to begin soon. We are also going to unveil stands in Shepperton area and we are confident the housing crisis will be dealt with after these projects,” Nyamuzihwa said.
The development comes weeks after the local authority demolished illegal shacks which had become an eyesore in the Mashonaland East provincial capital.