PHYSICAL PLAN - Xai-Xai IDP
Promenade Development: P
Segment P4: Between Xai-Xai to Praia do Alho
The planning of this segment should be carried out in the third phase, after the coastal road has taken a form of a promenade.
The coastal stretch, beach and foredunes should be kept in almost natural condition with the exception of only two small entertainment points development.
The pedestrian access should remain along the coastal road which becomes a Promenade. At the mature stage of the Development Plan, a vehicular access should be provided by lateral roads, but only to selected points so as to avoid the transit traffic.
Roads and Pedestrian Network
Since protection of foredunes should be accorded utmost importance, pedestrian areas should be constructed in a way not to cause further damage to the environment, e.g., elevated boardwalks at selected points.
The access to the T4 and T5 development, including entrances to parking and service areas, should be gained from the backset road, thus enabling the coastal road to take a form of a promenade with traffic limited to public and emergency transport only.
Local building forms (huts) and materials (wood) should be used in limited entertainment points and for the construction of boardwalks.
The central beach segment fronting T4 and western segment of T5 cell. This segment of the beach is highly exposed to the wave action and, therefore, bathing opportunities are limited.
Topography, Size and Dimension
The beach rock reef is basically submerged and covered with sand. The foredunes are high and well vegetated. Area – 27.2 ha Length – 2,100m Average width – 120m
The specific vegetation cover (pioneer and final succession plants) at the foredunes is dense and generally well preserved.
The coastal road is laid at the back of the foredunes and thus limited destruction occurred mainly along few lateral paths that cross the foredunes towards the beach.
Few tourist huts are built along the coastal road.
Map 10(b) and 10(c) : Land Use Map
The improvement of the coastal road while in use as vehicular access should be done with on site available materials, e.g., paving with concrete bricks, taking into account development of a promenade as the final design stage.
Immediate and strict protection of natural features. Limited built up structures in the mature phase of resort Development Plan.