CROSS-border buses which are causing congestion in
Bulawayo’s central business district will soon be relocated to a more spacious
area belonging to the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ).
Intercity buses picking and dropping passengers at
undesignated points have been directed to return to the different termini in
the city or risk being clamped while push cart operators and those washing cars
at parking bays have been ordered to vacate the CBD.
Bulawayo City Council (BCC) said yesterday that operating
pushcarts and washing cars in the CBD is illegal hence those involved have been
given up to Friday to stop the illegal activities
Vendors that have invaded pavements and roads within the
CBD have also been given up to Friday to move to designated vending places.
The move comes at a time when the local authority is
battling lawlessness characterised by dirt, chaos and decay in the city centre.
There is rampant picking and dropping of passengers at
undesignated points by long-distance bus crews, particularly along
Bulawayo-Harare Road, Leopold Takawira Extension opposite Centenary Park and
along Bulawayo-Plumtree Road at John Love Motors.
The operators at night pick and drop passengers near
fast-food outlets in the CBD thereby causing congestion.
BCC corporate communications officer, Ms Bongiwe Ngwenya
said cross-border buses which have turned some sections of the city centre into
ranks have been allocated space at the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ)
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