Last Modified: 13-Jul-2007

History of the impossible road to Anergui:

Anergui is a Berber mountain village close to Tafraoute, in the south of Morocco . The village is constructed on the flanks of the anti-Atlas mountain range at 1469 m of Altitude.

Before the construction of a road by the locals, Anergui was only accessible via a mole track. From the main road to the village took up to 4 hours.

In 1974, the local people decided to construct a road that would link up the village with the main road.

The people appealed to the government, and several government engineers investigated the possibility of the construction of this road. To them, this seemed technically impossible. However, a local craftsman, Ali Ouanou, skilled in the construction of wells and agricultural terraces, claimed that it could be done and supervised the works.

The Governor of Tiznit, M. Moulay Mehdi Alaoui, gave the initial financial support for this project. The first 3 km were constructed only by hand tools and inaugurated. The succeeding Governor M. Ahmed Laalaje, assured continuing support for this project, and three stretcher of the road were completed. The steepest of these three stretchers, was only 600 m long , but cost 14 000 Euros.

The complete non-sealed road is about 8 km:

  • Begining of the road until "Assif" cost 15 000 Euros
  • From "Assif" until "Imifri" cost 8 000 Euros
  • From "Imifri" until "Irharrioune" cost 14 000 Euros (the steepest part)
  • From Irharrioune until the village cost 15 000 Euros

The non-sealed road is sensitive to erosion and the Annual cost for maintenance is 1000 Euros. The locals opted to reinforce the most sensitive parts by concrete. The estimated labor cost of this 3 m side road is 90 Euro for each meter, and the total distance to be covered is 8 km. Already, locals and government contributed to cover 4 km of the road.

Funds will be searched for the 4 remaining km's.