East Township Roads Get Facelift
By JULIUS PHIRI -
SOMEONE once said: ‘We need to stop thinking about infrastructure as an economic stimulant and start thinking about it as a strategy. This is because economic stimulants produce bridges to nowhere while strategic investment in infrastructure produces a foundation for long-term growth’.
Infrastructure such as the road network has played a crucial role in economic development since time immemorial by enabling relatively fast transportation of masses and goods and services from one place to another.
Although the development of air transportation and telecommunication networks started to compete with road networks during the later part of the 20th century, it is not disputable that road transport still plays a crucial role in the development of countries.
The road network facilitates the movement of people, allowing for social interaction. A high quality road network is essential not only for connecting key urban centres but for improving connectivity of more isolated local communities for whom many public transport options are limited or not available.
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