LUSAKA Central Member of Parliament Margaret Mwanakatwe says there is an urgent need to redesign Kulima Tower bus station to solve problems faced by the travelling public.
Mrs Mwanakatwe, who is Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, said the current congestion at the station and the nearby roads such as ChaChaCha and Freedom Way could be permanently resolved by expanding the station into a two-storey facility.
She said this during her conducted tour of the bus station, which is in the heart of the central business district, on Tuesday.
Mrs Mwanakatwe also inspected drainages on Freedom Way and Chachacha road.
She said the blocked drainage system at the bus station and on ChaChaCha Road and Freedom Way brought business to a standstill whenever there was rain.
“This perennial flooding in the CBD caused by blocked drainage system will be resolved immediately and permanently,” she said.
Mrs Mwanakatwe also toured the closed Civic Centre Clinic which is currently undergoing rehabilitation.
She said she would engage Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya to ensure the renovations are completed on time.
Mrs Mwanakatwe also toured Sikanze police camp which also falls under her constituency, Lusaka Central.
Meanwhile, Lusaka mayor Wilson Kalumba has said areas such the CBD that includes COMESA, Kulima Tower, Church road opposite Levy Mwanawasa Business Park and the two roundabouts (Kabwe and Kafue) all get flooded because of indiscriminate dumping of littre in the catch pits for the underground drains.
Mr Kalumba said the Lusaka City Council had engaged the Road Development Agency (RDA) to ensure the contractor working on the Lusaka 400 (L400) roads moved on site to work on the side drains on the newly paved roads which had resulted into floods.
He said the CBD gets flooded every time it rains and that the council has found a lasting solution to address the problem.