Infrastructure boost: Bagatelle-Valentina link road to open by Jan-end
For realizing this project, funding of Rs 425 million was needed, and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa helped in financing the project. (Image: Orange)
The Bagatelle-Valentina link road is more than 80% complete and will be operational by the end of this month, according to Anil Bachoo, Minister of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping for Mauritius.
For realizing this project, funding of Rs 425 million was needed, and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa helped in financing the project.
Under Budget 2014, the government has declared that infrastructure will attract an investment of Rs 18.4 billion in 2014 and Rs 54.7 billion over the next three years under the ‘Build Mauritius’ plan, of which more fluid traffic flows are an important component.
The objective behind constructing the Bagatelle-Valentina Link Road, which is 2.6-km long and joins the M1 with an interchange, is to help ease the traffic around the Phoenix roundabout.
The new road will make travel easier for inhabitants of Upper Plaines Wilhems and the South because they will have access to the Terre Rouge-Verdun Link Road when they travel to the North.
In a bid to address the problem of road congestion, the government implemented the Road Decongestion Programme under Public Private Partnership (PPP) in 2009.
In PPP mode, the function of delivering a service and its associated risks are transferred from the government to a private organization for a pre-determined period of time against some form of payment.
The Ring Road and the Harbour Bridge, which need high investment for their implementation, have already been identified as important projects under PPP.
In order to decongest Lower Plaines Wilhems and to improve all the junctions of M1 and M2 between Phoenix and Terre Rouge, a study was conducted which identified the importance of including a major connection between Coromandel and Montebello.
Other important components in the Public Private Partnership Road Decongestion Programme are the Terre Rouge-Verdun-Ebène link road and its link to Valentina as well as Motorways M1 and M2 from Valentina to Terre Rouge projects.