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The 51 km concrete asphalt road project is constructed by a local contractor Alemayehu Ketema General Contractor at a cost of 427 million birr. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn inaugurated the road that links three weredas of the Sidama Zone with the SNNPS regional state seat.
The contractor was pressed hard to complete the assignment on schedule as the project stretches across difficult terrain and a long rainy season that is common in the SNNPS had reduced the pace of the work. A revision of the project’s design that was made after the contract was awarded was another challenge on the work.
The road that reaches Bensa will surely have high economic value to making possible transportation of the high quality native coffee produce and other grains to markets. The new asphalt road connects Aleta Wendo area with Daye town.
Bensa area is famous for its specialty coffee reserves which has a high premium in the international market.
At the inaugural ceremony, the prime minister said that the first grade coffee the Woreda produces will now be easily delivered to central and international markets.
Ethiopian Roads Authority, the state organization that administers federal road networks, disclosed that the next phase of the project, which is under design study, will further connect Daye town with Nansobo via Chire with a 68km long road route. This road connection can have considerable economic relevance for Daye town opening it up to markets and connecting the town with the regional capital Hawassa and several other towns in the region and Bale Zone of the Oromia regional state.
Several ministers had attended the opening, accompanied by a large crowed of the locality’s dwellers who were ecstatic. The prime minister has also attended a program at Daye town that marks laying of the corner stone for a higher education facility that will be managed by Hawassa University.
Residents of Daye asked the prime minister to make the facility an independent university instead of a campus. Hailemariam had promised that the facility will be upgrade to a university in the future.