President Rupiah Banda will today leave for Isoka in Northern Province for a one-day working visit where he is expected to commission the commencement of the Isoka-Muyombe-Chama-Lundazi Road project.
According to a statement released by special assistant to the president for Press and public relations Dickson Jere, the president will return to Lusaka soon after concluding the planned business.
Mr Jere said the 393-kilometre Isoka-Muyombe-Chama-Lundazi Road project would involve upgrading of the existing gravel road to bituminous standard.
He said the road providing a direct link to Lusaka and Eastern, Western, and Southern provinces also connects Eastern, Northern, and Copperbelt provinces.
The president will be accompanied by Works and Supply Minister Mike Mulongoti, his Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources counterpart Catherine Namugala and Deputy Minister of Finance and National Planning David Phiri.
Mr Jere said the construction, maintenance, rehabilitation and upgrading of major roads was a country-wide Government programme under the road sector investment programme (ROADSIP) II.
President Banda recently launched the Sixth National Development Plan whose main thrust was infrastructure development critical to the promotion of growth and sustainable development.
Since coming into office in November 2008, Mr Banda’s administration has worked on more than 40,000 kilometres of roads and built 87 new bridges.
Some of the roads that have been constructed are Zimba-Livingstone, Choma-Chitongo and Luansobe-Mpongwe.
Some of the roads being upgraded are Serenje-Mansa, Mutanda-Zambezi-Chavuma, Choma-Namwala and Chipata-Lundazi.
Other road projects in progress are Mongu-Kalabo, Sesheke-Senanga, and Landless Corner-Mumbwa. The Kasama-Luwingu Road is expected to be completed this year.
[ Times of Zambia ]