CHIREDZI - Residents here have welcomed the initiative by the town council to come up with prepaid parking zones in the town centre, a move which will see the authorities raise funds for the rehabilitation of road infrastructure.
The town council has so far finished marking all the parking zones in the Central Business District (CBD) at TV Sales complex, Banc ABC, Edgars complex as well as at Electrosales complex which are the busiest parking zones.
Chiredzi Town Council Secretary, Charles Muchatukwa, said that markings have been completed and the prepaid parking will be functional very soon as sign posting has already been done.
"Prepaid parking in now functional in all gazetted areas. Markings and sign posts have been completed. The money collected will be channelled towards the rehabilitation of our roads and other forms of service delivery," said Muchatukwa.
He said parking fees ranged from $0.50 (0-30 minutes), $1.00 (30 minutes - 1 hour) and $2 (1-8 hours).
United Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association (UCHIRRA) chairperson, Josphat Tizirayi said his organisation welcomed the idea, adding however that there should be transparency in the administration of the collected revenue.
"The idea of having prepaid parking is very much noble and we welcome it. The only problem we might face is lack of transparency on how the money is used.
"We just hope everything will go according to plan and there will be openness in the use of the funds," said Tizirayi.local