Government has dispelled reports that the contractors engaged to upgrade the 169 kilometers Solwezi -Chingola road have abandoned the project.
Local Government Deputy Minister, Dawson Kafwaya says contrary to the reports, works on the road linking the North Western Province to the rest of the country are still on course.
Mr. Kafwaya has further assured the Nation that the Solwezi-Chingola road will be commissioned by June 2017.
The local Government Deputy Minister said pictures on social media suggesting that no traffic is getting in or out of the North Western province due to the dilapidated state of the road are malicious.
Mr Kafwaya who has inspected the on-going road works said all the three contractors engaged for the project are on site.
He has told ZNBC News in an interview in Solwezi yesterday that 14 percent of the upgrade of the K1 billion road has been done.
Meanwhile, Buildcon construction one of the firms engaged to work on 40 kilometers stretch has finished installing a $2 million asphalt plant.
Buildon Project Engineer Luthar Babo has assured Government that the road works will now advance following the installation of the asphalt plant.