Construction works for the 385-million dollars Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) are scheduled to start next month after Exim Bank of China releases 72-million dollars down payment.
China Jiangxi Corporation Zambia Limited the company constructing the airport says the down payment is 20 percent of the Bank’s 360-million dollars contribution to the project.
Company Managing Director Hu Zhiliang has told ZNBC News that the Zambian government has already released its 25-million dollar contribution which has been used for designs and other preparatory works.
Mr. Hu says 72 million dollar is already being processed.
He says the firm has so far put up offices and staff quarters for workers among other structures in readiness for the works.
Mr. Hu adds that 90 percent of the designs have been approved in readiness for the main works despite being behind by almost two months.
He has revealed that the Company will next month start with the construction of the Presidential Terminal Building, Fire Station while construction of the Control Tower and Main Terminal will commence in June.
Mr. Hu says the company has so far employed about 200 people adding that more will be employed next month as the full project will need about 3-thousand employees.
The construction and expansion of the KKIA was officially launched by late President Michael Sata in 2013.
Various local construction companies and engineers have been engaged in the project.
Meanwhile, a contractor, enganged to build 10 housing units for local government workers in Sinda has abandoned the project.
Obster Mbewe reports that this has angered Local Government Deputy Minister, Nicholas Banda, who has ordered for the termination of the contract.
Mr Banda expressed his pleasure when he visited the site yesterday.
He says it is unfortunate that local contractors are failing to execute government projects.
And Principal Engineer, Feston Sikanyika says the contractor was paid 800 thousand kwacha, as advance payment, from the total 4 million kwacha.
Mr. Sikanyika has further explained that the contract was for one year and it was supposed finish in August last year.
And Sinda Council Secretary, Richard Sipoole says efforts to contact the Lusaka-based contractor has proved difficult.