Delegation of the European Union to Armenia

Integrated Development of Milange – Mocuba Corridor, Zambezia Province - More Than Just A Road

21/06/2017 - 14:35
Transport and Infrustructure

The overall project objective is (i) to promote economic and social development and (ii) to facilitate international trade thereby enhancing regional integration. The specific objective is to contribute to developing a safe and sustainable national road network and to contribute to poverty reduction through economic, social and rural development.

The Milange - Mocuba road is part of a Sub-Corridor which is considered of strategic relevance for the country's regional economic integration, in particular with Malawi and Zambia. Moreover, paving the road will establish a reliable access from the fertile agricultural lands along the route to markets in Mocuba, Quelimane, and Beira and in the wider region, including chronic food deficit areas in neighbouring countries. It complements other important EU financed infrastructure projects in the region, such as the construction of the Zambezi Bridge in Caia, the Namacurra - Rio Ligonha road, the Nampula - Nacala road. 

This project is the second phase and originally foreseen continuation to the construction of the N 11, Milange - Mocuba upgrade -project (km 83) financed under the 10th EDF.  The road beyond Milange within Malawi has been upgraded to bitumen standard with EDF funding. The proposed project currently constitutes therefore a missing link on this Sub-Corridor.

The overall project objective is (i) to promote economic and social development and (ii) to facilitate international trade thereby enhancing regional integration. The specific objective is to contribute to developing a safe and sustainable national road network and to contribute to poverty reduction through economic, social and rural development.

 


    
The results of the project will be the upgrade of a section of the Sub-Corridor and a significant number of linked rural roads to all weather standards which will improve accessibility, reduce transport costs and travel time. Bringing down opportunity costs is helping rural environs with an already high productivity. Good rural roads buffer price increases of inputs and increase the competitiveness of agricultural exports.


  
The output of the project will be achieved by (i) upgrading of approximately 110 km of international Trunk Road to bituminous standard, (ii) construction of an OSBP including weigh bridge and (iii) upgrading/spot imp.of approx.160 km of rural roads.

The beneficiaries are the road users, the farmers, the rural and urban population, the traders, the women, transport operators, the private sector and as such the whole civil society. Increased road safety will benefit all road users, particularly pedestrians and cyclist.

In early 2015, approximately 8 months after the start-up of road construction works on site, Central -North Mozambique was hit by exceptional rains and consequent floods in large areas. The floods isolated entire districts and communities. The national road N1 was interrupted at 4 points between Mocuba and Alto Molocue on the way north to/from the Nacala port – access to which lies within the purposes and objectives of the project. Due to the given situation that the flood damages occurred in closest proximity to the project the opportunity to give an early response for mitigation was identified. The EU Delegation together with Mozambique decided on a quick response.


    
In view of ever reoccurring flooding situations in different parts of Mozambique a "building back better"- approach was conceptually agreed amongst road sector stakeholders for the post emergency situation. This has to be seen in light of the climate change adaptation of appropriate engineering design responses. 

The full contingency reserve of the project of € 6 million was mobilised and the geographic area of the project was additionally widened to include a flood response area on the N1. An additional € 16 million top-up from the 11th EDF supplemented the initial budget to address the challenges, as the project includes now the re-construction of 4 damaged highway bridges and the re-building of a hydro power plant.

 

Total cost (EUR): 97 650 000

EU contracted amount (EUR): 97 000 000

Duration: June 2013 - June 2018

Implementing organisation: National Road Administration of Mozambique

Funding instrument: European Development Fund (EDF)


Watch videos online

The People's Hope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7mPotIdkys

The Impacts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vknmVIwwgk

The Flood Event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0V7ZnlnttU

 

 

 

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