Government has signed a US$35.5 million construction contract for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Lusaka Bombay Drain.
Secretary to the treasury Fredson Yamba, who is also Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCA) Zambia Board Chairperson, signed the contract for commencement of first works with Cooperativa Muratori Cemensti (CMC di Ravenna) of Italy in Lusaka today.
Mr. Yamba said he was grateful to the United States Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) for the US $355 million grant to the Zambian government to support the implementation of the Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage (LWSSD) Project.
The project will expand the Northern and Southern portions of Lusaka’s Bombay drain under the LWSSD Project to give access to and improve reliability of water supply and sanitation as well as drainage services in selected urban and peri-urban areas of the city of Lusaka.
Mr Yamba expressed hope that the signing of the contract will benefit over 1.2 million residents of Lusaka and permanently addresses the challenge of flooding that the city faces annually due to poor and inadequate drainages.
He urged the contractor CMC di Ravenna to perform quality works and ensure that construction and rehabilitation works are implemented on time and within budget.
Mr Yamba pointed out that the works will also lead to the improvement of traffic movement, people’s health in communities impacted negatively from contamination of water sources and protection of infrastructure from erosion such as roads and buildings.