Residents of Zengeza 5 Extension in Chitungwiza have raised red flags over houses built on main sewer pipes.
One of the six houses under construction along Zambiringa Road is said to have blocked one of the sewer pipes’ manhole.
A local resident identified as Mbuya Mafusire said the development is inconveniencing the community.
“When we built our houses about 25 years ago, the area under construction was left as an open space because underneath it are main sewer pipes that serves this area.
“The pipes were installed by R.Doves to carry sewer to the sewer ponds,” she said.
“It came as a shock to me to see a housing construction that blocked a manhole of the old sewer line and then people digging up a new sewer trench encroaching in people’s yards, destroying an outside toilet I had built for my tenants in the process.”
Mbuya Mafusire said the development would give the neighbourhood endless sewer challenges if action was not taken.
“We are not happy with this development and it looks like council is only concerned with getting money through shoddy deals.
“This is greatly disturbing as it is not only happening in Zengeza Extension but at other open spaces in Chitungwiza,” she said.
Mbuya Mafusire demanded for council to explain and block the developments.
Another resident Tinashe Chamboko said the construction is destroying pre-existing structures.
“Unfortunately, the construction of new sewer lines is destroying precast walls and other structures with no compensation being offered.
“During this construction, dynamites used to blast through rocks have also damaged roofs and windows at three houses in the neighbourhood,” he said.
Chamboko said the development is posing danger to the residents and their children because of the deep trenches dug encroaching yards and playing areas.
“I think it will be necessary if this problem could be fixed and people who are building on top of sewer pipes be compensated with stands elsewhere,” he said
Chitungwiza Municipality acting Town Clerk Dr Tonderai Kasu said he was not aware of the development and would investigate the issue.