Special Assistant to the President for project monitoring and implementation Lucky Mulusa says the Manyinga-Jimbe road which connects Zambia to the neighbouring Angola will open up trade between the two countries once worked on.
And construction of a 132 kilovolts power station project in Mwinilunga district that will connect north western province to the national power supply grid has advanced.
Mr Mulusa says the Manyinga – Jimbe road is of vital importance as it will help to generate revenue through trade and other developmental projects in the country.
He was speaking in Mwinilunga yesterday when he inspected the readiness on commencement of work by FRECA Mining and Manufacturing Limited a company contracted to upgrade 106 kilometre lot three Manyinga-Jimbe road up to bituminous standard at a cost of US$ 100 million.
Mr Mulusa expressed happiness that the contractor is ready to start the works looking at the machinery they have mobilized on site.
And FRECA Mining and Manufacturing Limited representative Richard Mukuyanga said the project is a 24 months upgrading of 100 kilometre lot three of the Manyinga-Jimbe road which starts from Kawiku in Mwinilunga to Jimbe boarder in Ikelenge district.
Mr Mukuyanga said works will start soon after ground breaking ceremony.
Mr Mulusa during the tour also inspected the works on the upgrading of 16.1 kilometre township roads to bituminous standards by China-Civil Engineering Corporation which are under way.
District Planning Officer Mwewa Libwesha said works have started at a cost of k120 million as the contractor has mobilized on site.
Mr Libwesha said the project is a 14 months contract adding that road clearing and markings to set out the routes have commenced.
And the construction of a 132 kilovolts power station project in Mwinilunga district, that will connect north western province to the national power supply grid, has advanced.
The project which is being undertaken by ELTEL Transmission Company will cost government 163 US dollars.
Special assistant to the President for project implementation and monitoring Lucy Mulusa said this after inspecting the project site yesterday that once completed the project will boost power supply to the province.
Mr. Mulusa said the project is one of the biggest under taking that government has done in the province which will steer up economic and social activities in the province.
The project will connect Mwinilunga, Mufumbwe Kabompo Zambezi and Chavuma districts and Lukulu in western province.
The districts are currently serviced by diesel generators and ZESCO is spending 8 US dollars per year to supply electricity to the districts.
ELTEL Transmission Company site supervisor Nicholas Kapalu said the 190 kilometre power pylons from Lumwana Mine have reached the power station in Mwinilunga while construction works on the transmission house stands at 50 per cent complete.
Mr Kapalu said the power station will be ready for use by August this year.