NAMWALA residents have extolled Mount Meru Group of Companies for its initiative to embark on setting up a K2 million first-ever service filling station in the district since Independence.
Despite being a cattle-rich-district, Namwala has no reliable source of fuel as residents have to either buy from vendors or cover a distance of more than 160 kilometres to Choma, to acquire the commodity.
District Council Secretary Mabvuto Masiye said that the construction of a filling station by Mount Meru Group of Companies would curb illegal fuel vending in the district.
“For a long time now, Namwala residents have been complaining about lack of a fuel filling station because the nearest available fuel is from vendors and this fuel is destroying vehicles,” he said.
Mr Masiye said the construction of the facility would significantly accelerate the district’s economic development as it would become a reliable source of fuel.
Once completed, the facility would also help reduce transportation costs and prizes of goods and services owing to unavailability of a fuel station.
Mount Meru Group director David Chaponda said construction of the filling station was expected to be completed soon.
The construction of the facility was in line with the company’s agenda of rolling out its fuel service stations into rural areas.
So far, about 50 people, among them, local youths have been employed at the initial stage of the construction works.