The Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation –ZESCO will spend an estimated K4 billion to construct concrete fences around its pylons in selected parts of Lusaka.
The project is aimed at securing electricity cables situated on Los Angeles boulevard, Mumbwa road, Chiboyla, Kafue road and behind Soweto market.
This follows calls by residents of Misisi township to ZESCO and the Lusaka City Council (LCC) to remove charcoal traders conducting their business under the pylons.
Acting ZESCO MD Christopher Mubemba said a project design has already been done awaiting full implementation to deter the trading of charcoal under the pylons.
Mr. Mubemba said it was unfortunate that the charcoal traders have not adhered to calls by the power utility company about the dangers of them continuing to trade under the pylons.
He added that ZESCO will not tolerate the charcoal traders to continue conducting their business under its pylons warning that stern action will be taken against those that found wanting.
Mr. Mubemba pointed out that the power utility has conducted enough sensitization campaigns on the dangers of conducting business under the pylons as people risk being electrocuted in the event of a fault.
Mr. Mubemba who is also ZESCO Director for transmission development also warned against any form of vandalism on the concrete fences once constructed.
He pointed out that there is need for people to jealously guard ZESCO infrastructure as they are national assets.