The Transport ministry has started constructing computerised toll plazas in order to minimise pilferage in collection of tollgate fees.
Transport minister Nicholas Goche who was speaking before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development conceded the current tollgates were sub-standard.
They were only short-term measures which would soon pave way for permanent structures.
“Tenders were floated and the two companies that were awarded the tenders have been struggling to complete them and even the quality of work on the tollgates is not good,” said Goche.
“They are still constructing the temporary structures even if this has been overtaken by events. But we will let them complete those structures because the good thing about them is that they are removable and can be later put to some other use.”
Goche told the committee the dualisation of major roads such as the Harare-Masvingo and Harare-Bulawayo roads were taking long because donors were not forthcoming.
“We had identified Chirundu to Harare road as one of the important roads to complete and donors had pledged $1,2 billion, but to date only $40 million has been given out to us by the Development Bank of Southern Africa,” Goche said.