Xai-Xai IDP – PHYSICAL PLAN
Promenade Development: P
Segment P5: Praia do Alho
The second large lagoon in the entire Xai-Xai District coastal area which is safe for bathing and other marine activities.
Topography, Size and Dimension
The beach rock provides protection of the lagoon owing to a narrow break at the western edge. The beach backset is very steep and prone to erosion. Area: 22.5 ha Length – 2,200m Average width – 80m
THERE ARE STEEP SEGMENTS WHICH ARE HIGHLY ERODED. PLANTED CASUARINA TREES HAVE NOT PREVENTED EROSION PROCESS CAUSED BY WOOD CUTTING AND THE COASTAL ROAD PATH DEVELOPMENT.
The coastal road is laid at the back of the beach and due to the sharp cut in dune foothills is eroded and impassable even with 4WD vehicles.
A pass through the beach rocks allows entrance and mooring for small boats.
There are two small concrete buildings and ongoing construction of several bungalows and a camping site at the western edge of the beach.
Maps 10(c) and 10(d) – Land use
The planning of this segment should be done in the third phase.
The most western point of the lagoon should be planned as a marine centre with adequate land facilities at the small promontory.
The rest of the western part should be used as a beach with another small entertainment point planned at the edge of T5 development cell.
The eastern part of the lagoon should be kept in natural condition as the extension of the green dunes area at the backset.
Access to this cell is gained from the lateral and coastal road at its western part. The central and eastern segment are accessible along the coastal road.
Roads and Pedestrian Network
The protection of the beach setback should be accorded utmost importance allowing the limited vehicular transport at the western segment only until the lateral road is constructed. The rest of the cell should be used as a walkway and for emergency transport.
Lateral pedestrian accesses should be constructed in a way not to cause further damage to the environment, e.g., elevated boardwalks at selected points.
Local building forms (huts) and materials (wood) should be used in the marine centre and entertainment point.
The improvement of the coastal road at the western segment while in use as vehicular access should be done with on site available materials, e.g., paving with concrete bricks, taking into account a promenade as the final design stage.
Immediate and strict protection and rehabilitation of natural environment. Limited built up structures in the mature phase of resort Development Plan.