By Christopher Makaza
Following President Emmerson Mnangagwa`s declaration that Glenview be a development area, District Development Fund (DDF) has taken the heed and is drilling 15 boreholes in suburb’s section 1 and 7.
Today DDF is drilling a borehole at Makomva shopping centre, the second borehole in Glenview 1 where a total of eight boreholes will be drilled while the remaining seven will be drilled in Glenview 7.
This development, according to DDF acting Finance Director, Mr Wilfred Kachitsa, is an on-going programme by DDF to alleviate water problems in urban areas.
“Glenview South area was declared a development area by President Mnangagwa, and since DDF is under the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC), the President gave a directive that there be an action to alleviate water problems in the area, hence this exercise,” said Kachitsa.
Mr Kachitsa revealed that an RTGs1 million budget was set aside for the development.
DDF Director Water supplies, Mr Edwin Toriro said drilling of the boreholes would go a long way in trying to address risks associated with cholera and other water borne diseases. He revealed that they have also sunk boreholes at Harare and Parirenyatwa Hospitals as well as in Epworth.
“In Harare Urban, we have done four boreholes at Harare Hospital, one at Parirenyatwa Hospital and others in Epworth. We are trying to address cholera concerns risked by very poor supply of water,” he said.
The MDC led Harare City Council has for a long time failed to supply reliable and clean water to the people owing to the residents resorting to use of boreholes and wells.
Most suburbs in Harare have gone for more than six months without tapped water.