Government has spared P6 million to build a water drainage and abate flooding at the local government enclave in Ramotswa.
The tender for the drainage project is currently floating and will close on 11th December 2018. The enclave, which currently houses South East District Council (SEDC) offices and police station is prone to flooding during the rainy season.Assistant Minister Botlogilwe Tshireletso acknowledged being aware that SEDC offices including Botswana police station are prone to flooding during the rainy season. She was responding to a query from area MP Samuel Rantuana.
She said her ministry has sourced P6 million for the design and construction of 2.4 kilometres storm water drainage facilities starting from Choppies store to Notwane River.The drainage is expected to direct the flow of water from Ramotswa police station towards the border and will include earth drains on both sides of the road and replacement of culverts on junctions. Rantuana had asked minister of Local Government and Rural Development to also say when the Ramotswa Storm Water Drainage Master Plan will be implemented.
Tshireletso said the construction of new Rural Administration Centre Chamber and offices has not been catered for in the National Development Plan (NDP) 11 and District Development Plan (DDP) 8 due to budgetary constraints.However, she said the project may be considered with other competing needs and national priorities during the Mid-Term Review of NDP 11, funds permitting. She conceded that there is no storm water drainage Master Plan for Ramotswa and it is not included in NDP 11 or DDP 8 due to budgetary constraints. This will be amongst the district projects to be considered during the Mid-Term Review of NDP 11.