Dire-Dawa administration office of city manager announced that is implementing 70 million birr coble stone road construction which is basic activity to realize socio-economic development in Dire-Dawa city.
The beneficiaries and partners of constructed coble stone road bear witness that the project has great significance in creating job opportunity and improving social interaction among the society.
According to Development Plan Budget Preparation and follow-up coordinator in Dire-Dawa city manager office, Ato Efrem Tesfaye, the administration is implementing 20 kilo meter coble stone road in all nine kebele with World Bank loan since last year.
The last year construction accomplished with 42.6 million birr is giving service and showing positive effect on social interaction of the community.
Ato Efrem added that 8 kilo meter coble stone road construction is underway in nine kebeles including ‘Melka Jebdu’ in 30 million 2 hundred thousand birr this year.
The project created job opportunity for 60 associations; who embrace 6 hundred members engaged in providing and fixing coble stone.
One of the beneficiaries Ato. Muhyeddin Seman said, all ten members of their association changed their life and of families by the provided job opportunity. The association planned to engage in bakery business by getting additional loan on the saved capital and waiting the provision of business place.
The construction has improved the ‘Sabiyan’ area into healthy environment in which children and aged people can move comfortably. Mrs.Aziza Bekri , resident in kebele 02 witnessed that taxi service is available due to the presence of the road.
On the contrary resident of ‘Melka Jebdu’ kebele Mr. Mohammed Hussen commented that, the road project in the area is delayed while enough stone is already made available. Thus, deserves strong follow-up. He added that the previous road collapsed in pretext of implementing infrastructure projects without rehabilitation and has to protect the ‘will be’ constructed road from such risk.
Ato. Efrem Tesfaye, Development Plan Budget Preparation and follow-up coordinator in Dire-Dawa city manager office responded; the delay occurred due to absence of coordination and the contractors have signed new contact that eliminates delay of the project. In addition the reconstruction of the previous road is on the way.
Coble stone road is introduced by Dire-Dawa in 1997 E.C. Presently this type of road construction can be observed in almost all parts of the Ethiopia.