Harare City Council has endorsed the engagement of four Chinese companies to carry out urgent water and wastewater delivery projects valued at more than US$868 million.
Today council approved the engagement of the Chinese partners but was quick to point out council would require Government guarantee to raise the funding and the 10 percent loan guarantee before the projects begin.
The 10 percent amounts to US$86 million.
The approval by council is the first step in unlocking funding and confirms the city's demand for the projects.
Government has already agreed to assist the City in funding the projects.
Clr Jacob Mafume suggested that the projects should be speeded up drawing parallels with the workmanship on the construction of the new Parliament Building in Mt Hampden.
Four Chinese companies, China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC), China Geo-Engineering Company (CGEC), SynoHydro and China Machinery and Engineering Company (CMEC) responded with various proposals for funding of the urgent projects.
According to the recent minutes of the Joint Environmental Management and Finance and Development Committees SinoHydro proposed to fund and construct the 60 megalitres a day Lyndhurst sewage treatment plant.
It will also fund the expansion of Crowborough sewage works by 60ML/day and 19km of associated pipelines at a budget cost US$237 425 804.
CGGC proposed to fund water distribution network rehabilitation in the following areas Highfields, Glen Norah, Glen View, Budiriro, Kuwadzana, Dzivaresekwa, Glaudina, Warren Park, Mabvuku, Tafara and Westlea at an estimated cost of US$351 072 913.
CMEC proposed to fund installation of pumps at Morton Jaffray and Warren Control, Construction of new water pumping mains to Alexandra Park reservoirs, Hatcliffe reservoirs, Highlands reservoirs New City, Southern Incorporated Areas, and expansion of Adylinn pumping mains at a cost of US$280 000 000.
The three companies that have signed Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Harare (CGGC, SinoHydro and CMEC) have carried out prefeasibility studies to the satisfaction of the City. CGEC will carry out the prefeasibility study upon signing of an MOU with the city.
Clr Mafume who led the councillors in agreeing to the deals said end times should be restricted to under three years.
He said the projects should encompass components of a smart city using the latest technology that reduces the human element and leakages.
Town Clerk Eng Hosiah Chisango confirmed Government support for the projects.