According to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, the repair of roads damaged by the flood in KwaZulu-Natal last month will cost 542.5 million rupees.

He visited the extent of the damage while traveling on various roads and railways in and around the Durban metro.

The flood left a mark on the destruction of both road and railway infrastructure.

Mbalula visited N2 near Umgababa south of Durban, where the lanes going north were closed after flooding due to the strait.

He says they prefer temporary measures to provide access to communities where roads are partially closed.

“As long as these temporary measures are in force, the repair of alternative roads will be a priority and accelerated so that the affected families can use them again as soon as possible. Repairs and rehabilitation of N2 and N3 are already underway for a total of 542.5 million rupees, these works will be financed from the budget of Sanral.

Mbalula says the railway network has also been badly damaged.

“The Prasa Rail network in KwaZulu-Natal has not escaped the devastating floods. The disaster has exacerbated an already complex railway network that has been hit hard by theft and vandalism in railway infrastructure. Restoration of the suburban railway will be carried out in stages due to the severity of the floods on the railway network. Quantum costs for the repair and rehabilitation of the flood-affected railway network are estimated at 3.3 billion rupees.

Licenses

Meanwhile, Mbalula stressed that there will be no grace period for drivers whose licenses have expired. “There will be no grace period. I explained that we had agreed that everyone should go and renew their driver’s license, you should contact the nearest DMTC, and over time they were open.

“All technical issues related to early use and so on are addressed in the DMTC, and there is a technical team that works around the clock to deal with any emerging issues. Motorists must drive and regain their driver’s licenses. The car with driver’s licenses has been fixed, we work 24 hours a day, ”Mbalula explains.

Mbalula says repairing road and rail infrastructure could take months.

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