GOVERNMENT is engaging the Italian Government to assist in upgrading the Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) trains into high speed trains.
Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga said the Government was already in discussion with the Italian Government to help improve the speed of the local trains.
Speaking in an interview in Livingstone, Mr Mukanga said there was need to have high speed trains to attract more cargo and passengers to the trains.
“ZRL will not be the same very soon. What we want to do now is to improve the speed of the trains.
“Already, we have been in discussion with the Italian Government to see how best they can help us. We want to change ZRL into high speed trains and that will require that we protect the rail with some fencing so that our people are safe,” Mr Mukanga said.
He also cautioned Zambians against vandalising the railway infrastructure and other Government property in general.
“Any property that belongs to Government should be left to Government and every Zambian should not turn a blind eye when he or she knows people who are vandalizing the property.
“Every Zambian should be patriotic and ensure they report people who are vandalising state property to the nearest law enforcement agencies,” he said.
Mr Mukanga said it was unfortunate that some people were in a habit of stealing some railway infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Mr Mukanga has asked transport operators and those working on construction sites to have proper work safety policies to protect people.
“In the recent past, we have had a lot of accidents and Government is concerned that we are losing a lot of lives.
“For bus operators, let us educate our drivers and conductors on safety. In the plane, they will tell you about safety measures and we need to do the same in buses and taxies,” Mr Mukanga said.
He said a lot of people, who were supposed to bring about sustainable development in the country, were dying through accidents.