Xai-Xai IDP – PHYSICAL PLAN
Promenade Development: P
Segment P1: Praia Velha Beach Area
The most western beach segment with beach rock exposed preventing from bathing. Bathing is only possible in the small lagoon in front of Wenela House.
Topography, Size and Dimension
Steep foredune forming blufftop at 8-10m Area – 11.4 ha Length – 1,000m Average width – 100m
The specific vegetation cover on the foredunes is highly deteriorated by human activities causing severe erosion and sand movement. The main cause of this deterioration is the use of the existing road along the foredunes and the lateral paths leading to the beach. The introduction of the Causarina trees in the past has not proven to be effective in preventing erosion.
A road along the blufftop from Xai-Xai Beach.
Map 15: Praia Velha Detailed Plan
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Completed with Praia Velha Detailed Plan (see Demonstration Project)
This part of the promenade takes on a form of a green pedestrian walkway on the blufftop. Access to the beach will be created at selected points.
The protected shore belt of approximately 100 m width extends to the blufftop. A small sports centre (2.0 ha) is developed in the eastern section, and a small activity node close to Wenela House
A vehicular access along the blufftop is created at the backset of the Sports centre and along lots at the western segment.
Roads and Pedestrian Network
The existing blufftop road should be reshaped into a promenade. Parking and service areas should be entered from the backset roads.
Lateral pedestrian accesses should be provided as elevated structures to enable rehabilitation and protection of the foredunes vegetation.
The planned built-up area includes as follows:
Sports centre club house - one storey building, courts, parking spaces;
Restaurant at the activity node.
Blufftop protection measures should be taken immediately.
Built up structures should be developed in the mature phase of Praia Velha area Development Plan.