Clock ticking as IPTS grant about to be lost

Rochelle de Kock

THE CBD in Uitenhage is to undergo a major revamp as the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality rushes to spend more than R100-million of a Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) grant before the end of the month.

Mayor Ben Fihla yesterday launched the multimillion-rand IPTS infrastructure project, which will see new bus lanes built around the Market Square and Science Education Centre area.

Fihla hosted councillors, taxi associations and members of the Algoa Bus Company and Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative at a sod- turning ceremony yesterday to mark the start of the project.

The city must spend its R340-million grant from National Treasury by the end of the month or the money will be forfeited.

However, R174-million is locked up in a lawsuit between the municipality and Lumen Technologies.

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