Government has released one million Kwacha for relocation of the over 400 settlers on the land earmarked for the new Ndola Airport.
Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela also says the settlers will be moved by May 30th to allow the contractor, Avic International start works on the 397 Million US dollars project.
Mr Chitotela said the new Ndola airport will have an annual capacity of one million passengers.
He said the new airport project will create employment opportunities for the people of the Copperbelt and also add value to the province.
Mr Chitotela also said the airport project will come with housing units for workers employed at the airport.
He was speaking when he called on the Copperbelt Province Minister Bowman Lusambo.
Mr Chitotela announced that the construction works for the new Ndola airport will be commissioned on June 20, 2017.
He also disclosed that the Copperbelt Township roads project to be undertaken by Avic International will be launched simultaneously with the new Ndola international airport Project on June 20.
Meanwhile, Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba said it is disappointing that the project has taken long to start due to some challenges.
Mr. Lusambo said the new Ndola Airport project is a clear indication that President Edgar Lungu is keeping his promise of bringing infrastructure development to the people of Zambia.