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Ethiopia - ERA takes on projects worth ETB 35 bln this year alone
By Kirubel Tadesse
The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) has taken on various projects at a cost of ETB 35 billion this year, it was disclosed.
ERA Director General Zaid Woldegebriel, explained that the federal and regional roads authorities will execute some 130 projects across Ethiopia this year under the five-year Road Sector Development Program. At a press conference held on Friday, December 14, 2007, Zaid told journalists that the implementation of 80 of the projects has already started in different parts of the country.
Zaid explained that 29 billion of the allocated ETB 35 billion budget would be covered by the Ethiopian government. Zaid further mentioned that in 2000 budget year, ERA has allocated 5.6 ETB for the implementation of one hundred seventy two capital projects. According to Zaid, the major projects to be implemented include renovation of 246-km and upgrading of 491-km main roads. Zaid also explained that renovation of 449-km and construction of 509-km feeder roads and seventy two old and new designs, feasibility and environmental factor studies are among the projects.
“The authority will be undertaking regular, periodic, and urgent maintenance of roads and construction of bridges this year at a cost of 500.5 million birr secured from the Road Fund,” Zaid disclosed.
Explaining the achievements registered in the last ten years, ERA stated that the number of rural roads has reached 22,349 kms in 2007 from only ninety one hundred in 1997. Main roads too showed a tremendous amount of growth; from 15,870 to 20,080 kms, ERA stated. Collectively, the number of rural and main roads has been showing eight per cent annual growth in the last ten years, ERA explained.
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