October 30, 2014
June 23, 2014
The judges in their ruling said that the construction of a bitumen road across the UNESCO World Heritage Site national park is ‘unlawful’. Celebrations broke out in court and elsewhere across Eastern Africa and the rest of the world when the essence of the ruling became known, though seen at the bright light of day does the judgment have a downside.
The judged only ruled on the illegality of a bitumen or tarmac road but left the question open about the construction of a gravel road along the same route, something the Tanzanian government had said they were considering. ‘They can still try to build a murram road because that has not been specifically ruled out.
If they start, we shall sue them again and seek an injunction against that also. But primarily now we must lobby for the government to accept that the Southern route around the Serengeti will bring greater benefits for a larger number of people and the route is only slightly longer. Germany’s KFW, or so I heard, is doing a feasibility study now for the new route after the Tanzanian government has accepted the proposal and the World Bank and Germany have both offered to finance the highway as long as it routes around the southern tip of the park and not go across it.
Knowing our government however we must remain vigilant. Today was a victory of sorts but the battle for survival of the Serengeti continues. This is not over by a long shot’ wrote a regular Arusha based conservation source when relaying the court decision yesterday afternoon.
The news about the highway plans were broken here in early 2010 and then triggered a growing support movement which via social media and other avenues rallied support from the world’s leading conservationists, show biz personalities, business moguls and many governments and international organizations making their opposition known to these plans in both direct and indirect contact with Tanzania’s President Kikwete and members of his government.
By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent
June 25, 2013
Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), penultimate week, commissioned the first ever paving stone production line of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation at Ojodu, saying government would continue to be creative and resourceful in its unceasing work to keep Lagos roads motorable. The newly commissioned production plant will produce paving stone making machines for interlocking blocks which would be useful in many waterlogged areas of Lagos where asphalt and bitumen do not thrive.
He said: “But for me, having bought this machine, the next step is how we are going to make this machine. I have already challenged the engineers, the next set of these machines must be made in Lagos and they have the research funds and materials. We are not just going to be consuming, everything we buy now, we want to know what works inside and how it works.”
Commending the management of the corporation for being innovative and forward looking, the governor said, “so far, so good and the march continues. They have also built their moulds to start casting drains and are increasingly becoming a local arm for building our roads, so the capacity is increasing and I think the workers are happy.”
The governor described the tonnage of cargo on Lagos roads as excruciating because “there is no other city that has and subjects its roads to the kind of tonnage that Lagos experiences without rail for evacuating goods from the port and still keeps traffic moving like this. I tell people that keeping Lagos traffic moving with the cargo that comes through our ports every day is perhaps the eighth miracle of the world. The Public Works Corporation is our parastatal for addressing the maintenance issue of our roads while the ministry uses contractors to build new roads.”
With the launch, the agency is increasing its capacity as the asphalt plant that was down before is now up and running while also selling asphalt to other government agencies within and outside the state. Fashola added that a lot was happening in terms of human capacity development, welfare of the workers, health and safety in the yard and environmental aesthetics, stressing that the journey continues.
Stone paving has become a popular alternative to Asphalt. Stone pavers are fast becoming the choice for road construction because of their low maintenance appeal with minimal upkeep. The popularity of paving stones is expanding rapidly in the United States. Experts in the business say the market is experiencing rapid growth and is poised to continue growing as the benefits of stone pavers become better known.
Advantages of paving stones: There are limitless patterns, colours, textures, shapes, sizes, and designs that can dramatically enhance the beauty of the road. Areas finished in interlock have no failure rate, no unsightly cracking or flaking. It wears well and is easy to clean. The pavers flex with the expansion and contraction of the ground.
Oil, gas, paint spills or other permanent stain or damage would incur substantial costs to fix with other resurfacing products. With interlock, it requires just removal of the stone and replacement with new one. Permanence and endurance mean that paved areas never need re-paving. They are there for the duration of their lifetime guarantee! Interlocking paving stones are ideal for walkway paving, driveway paving, patio paving and pool deck paving.
BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI
August 13, 2012
The show also gives industry professionals the chance to discuss foreign markets and future challenges. The event is aimed at engineers and professionals including those from contractors, public and private entities. The show also targets those involved in the management of road networks, as well as users of machinery, equipment, materials and technologies for the production of conglomerates. The Asphaltica 2010 event attracted 180 exhibitors and over 10,000 visitors and was organised jointly by PadovaFiere and the Italian Association of Asphalt Bitumen Roads (SITEB).
This event will feature a strong conference programme, as in the past, which is being organised by SITEB. Issues covered will be technological efficiency and sustainability, cost optimisation, environmental impact and safety of workers, road performance standards and their application. In addition, new for 2012 will be the Road Safety conference, which will cover all aspects from the road safety technology to the design of intelligent infrastructure.
Soruce - World Highways
April 10, 2012
According to government statistics, Tibet has more than 1,700 registered monasteries and venues for religious activities with about 46,000 monks and nuns.
By 2015, asphalt, or bitumen roads will be extended to over 70 percent of the region's monasteries with the help of the funds, Xinhua reported citing a statement issued by Tibet's traffic transportation department. Road access to every monastery of the region is expected to be available by 2020, the statement said.
The plateau region is known as "the roof of the world" with an average altitude of over 4,000 metres and road construction is more difficult and costly than in other parts of China.
June 7, 2008
The errant road contractors use their high-level connections to perpetuate mediocrity and impunity and such impunity has cost Kenya billions of shillings that would otherwise have been spent on social projects.
Unfortunately, the custodians of interests have abdicated their roles and choose to wine and dine with the enemies and only issue cosmetic directives when prompted by public pressure.
With such attitude and connivance, the public find themselves are subjected to all kinds of inconveniences which has exacerbated the situation with the road networks. The upshot is the eyesore that is the Eastlands road network.For instance, Outering Road, which stretches from the GSU headquarters roundabout on Thika Road to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, is a significant link that is terrible to drive.
And the Old Airport North Road which stretches from Mombasa Road to the heardquarters of one of Africa's largest airlines - Kenya Airways. Driving on these two roads is a nightmare.The Minister is getting tough with the errant contractors and hope the situation improves sooner.
The Kenyan road board and the minister is getting tough to put the house in order.