President Michael Sata will tomorrow September 20 launch the Link Zambia 8000 project and commission the commencement of works for the upgrading of the Lusaka Leopards Hill Road project via Chiawa to Chirundu District.
This is according to a press statement made available to ZANIS by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, George Chellah.
Mr. Chellah said the road will also go over Chongwe River and connect to Feira right through to Luangwa Bridge.
He said on the other side, the road will provide a link to Kasisi, Chipembi, Chalimbana and Palabana among other areas.
Mr. Chellah stated that this important road link underlines the Patriotic Front (PF) Government’s desire and determination to develop the state of infrastructure in the country particularly roads as enshrined in the ruling party’s manifesto.
He said the launch of the project was part of a larger programme called LINK ZAMBIA PROJECT that will result in the construction of about 2, 290 kilometres of roads at an estimated cost of K7.9 trillion in the first phase of the project.
Mr. Chellah said the second phase will cover 3, 049 km of road network at an estimated cost of K11.25 trillion while the third phase will involve upgrading 2, 862 km of road with an estimated cost of K9 trillion.
He said all these projects are expected to be carried out over a five year period.
Mr. Chellah said the launch of the project signals the beginning of the revolution to modernize Zambia and subsequently convert it into a complete land linked country.
He said this also fulfils one of the promises made by President Sata to the nation during his address to Parliament last year that Government would embark on the construction of various roads which include the Lusaka-Leopards Hill Road project via Chiawa to Chirundu.