The Usakos Town Council admitted that the construction of the 940 meter Erongosig-Hakhaseb road has been delayed by sub-standard constructions work by the contractor.
The N$3.2 million project should have been completed a few months ago but possibilities are now high that the total cost of the project could escalate due to the delay.
The acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the town council Izak Izaaks says the completion of the project has been moved to October.
“The project was suspended for a month due to sub-standard work done by the contractor and will commence by 5 August 2013. The completion date was moved from 16 September 2013 to 16 October 2013 to allow the contractor to complete within time. The upgrading of the road from gravel to interlock will ease the burden on road users especially car owners,” says Izaaks.
He added that the upgrade will also help in reducing dust in the area since the new clinic is situated along the road
This delay comes after the residents of the town complained that the council did not choose the right contractors.
“The council did not do thorough analysis of the work done by the previous contractors and only realised that the work was not up to standard while it was half way done,” says one resident.
“We are very unhappy because we also want our town to prosper and be upgraded like other towns. Usakos has always been behind with everything,” says another.
Meanwhile, the town was also engaged in other developmental projects such as the re-gravelling of 2.1 kilometre gravel road in the Hakhaseb suburb.
According to the acting CEO, the gravel roads were in dilapidated condition, hence the was need for re-gravelling.
Izaaks added that another project was the upgrading and installation of interlocks on the Church Hill gravel road in Hakhaseb.
“This particular road is mainly used for church services during weekends and was for years not maintain properly due limited funds, both projects were completed at the total cost of N$3,1 million,” says Izaaks.
Other projects also completed by the council as part of the TIPEEG programme are the construction of sewerage services at the cost of N$2,9 million and the construction of water at the cost of N$2,8 million.
Izaaks adds that the council also used N$100 000 from its own fund sfor the construction of sewer services for the Ongulumbashe Build Together Program.