THE Government has sourced K53 million to complete the long awaited construction of the ultramodern Town Centre Market and International Bus Terminus in Livingstone.
Speaking in an interview, Local Government and Housing Permanent Secretary Misheck Lungu said the funding would be adequate to complete the two projects by the end of this year.
“We are now on course as Government has sourced K53 million for the two projects. We are now paying the contractors and very soon, you will see contractors getting on site to resume construction activities,” he said.
He said the two projects would be handed over and opened for use by the first quarter of 2016.
The ultramodern town centre market and an international terminus were some of the legacy projects initiated in 2013 ahead of the global tourism event.
In February 2013, Ndilila Associates and Architects project managers signed the contract with the Southern Province administration through former Southern Province Permanent Secretary Mulenga Chileshe to construct the bus terminus at a cost of K41.5 million.
Further, GES Architects was given a contract to construct an ultramodern market at the Town Centre at a cost of K28.5 million. However, the construction of the two projects slowed down due to lack of funds but the securing of the finances is set to expedite the construction exercise.
In a related development, Livingstoine District Commissioner Omar Munsanje has assured that the ongoing construction of Mulala Bridge across the Maramba River will be completed before the end of this year.
More than 700 households in Livingstone’s Mulala Village in Libuyu Ward were cut off from the rest of the tourists’ capital after bridge collapsed due to heavy rains in January this year.
However, the Zambia Army is currently leading a team of engineers working on the Bridge while the Zambia National Service (ZNS) and the Rural Roads Unit (RRU) are providing equipment under the supervision of the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU).
Mr Munsanje said in an interview that the bridge would be re-constructed soon to protect the people that had been risking their lives in crossing the crocodile infested river.
“The preparatory works are currently going on smoothly before the actual re-construction of the 10 metres high Bridge can start. The actual Bridge won’t take long to construct. The main works are the ones that are being done currently,” Mr Munsanje said.
“The people of Mulala should continue being patient as we will deliver the infrastructure to them before the end of this year,” he said.