State House has revealed that six local and foreign companies have expressed interest in constructing a dual carriage way between Lusaka and the Copperbelt.
State House Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Chilubanama said which is expected to commence soon will be undertaken under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
Mr Chilubanama said in an interview with Journalists in Lusaka that out of the six firms, two are Zambian owned but that they would wish to partner with their foreign counterparts in executing the project.
Mr Chilubanama who is also Head of Head of the Public Private Partnership construction of the dual carriageway would reduce road traffic accidents on the road and facilitate efficient movement of goods and services between Lusaka and the Copperbelt Province.
“After we evaluate these that have expressed interest then we will allow them to go and do due diligence after which a bid document will be prepared and a successful bidder will be picked to carry out the works on a PPP arrangement,” he said.
In 2012, the Road Development Agency announced that plans to upgrade the Great North Road to dual carriage way from Lusaka
to the Copperbelt had reached an advanced stage.
In a notice published in the media, the RDA said that it would by February 28, 2013 be awarding the contract to the preferred bidder to undertake the project.
In October 2012, the RDA had invited companies to provide consulting services for the techno-economic study, detailed engineering design and tender documents in preparation for the upgrading to dual carriage way of 210km from Lusaka to Kapiri Mposhi.
The tendering documents that were closed in November 2012 had since been evaluated and the contract was to be awarded by February 28 2013.