A Chinese contractor has finally moved on site to start constructing the US$18.78 Million Kalomo-Dundumwezi-Itezhi Tezhi –Namwala roads.
This follows the award of the five-year contract to China State Construction Engineering Corporation by the Road Development Agency (RDA) to construct 237 kilometres of the roads in Kafue River Basin.
ZANIS reports that Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga said this after inspecting the contractor’s camping site during his two day visit of development projects in Itezhi Tezhi district, yesterday.
Speaking shortly after touring the camp, Mr.Mushanga said the Kalomo-Dundumwezi-Itezhi Tezhi –Namwala roads project under the Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Kafue Basin (SCRiKA) was a significant project for socioeconomic development of the country.
The project is under the Improvement to climate Resilient Standards, of the strategic Roads in the Kafue River Basin under the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR).
“This project will not only benefit the people in terms of transportation and employment but also contribute to development of the tourism industry in the Kafue National Park” Mr. Mushanga said.
Mr. Mushanga directed the project management to ensure the project is completed within the required time.
He also directed the District Administration and the Itezhi Tezhi council to closely monitor the contractor to ensure the road is built to according to specifications in the contract.
Mr.Mushanga said that in view of its immense benefits, Kalomo-Dundumwezi-Itezhi Tezhi roads project is of paramount importance as it will not only ease transportation but also mitigate adverse effects of climate change.
The road infrastructure in the Kalomo-Dundumwezi –Itezhi Tezhi Roads are dilapidated and completely worn out, never having been repaired for years.
Meanwhile Deputy Project manager for project Erpo Xiao says his firm is waiting for the initial payment to be made before works can commence.
He said that his firm will deliver the road to the required standard within the specified time frame.
And briefing the minister earlier, Itezhi Tezhi district Commissioner Hendrix Kaimana said that in an effort to construct all whether gravel roads in Itezhi Tezhi, Government through the Zambia National Service (ZNS) has covered 16.5kilometres stretch of works on priority roads in Itezhi Tezhi district.