Solwezi residents have rejected the move to re-locate big bus operators to city mall.
This follows Solwezi Municipal Council’s resolution to approve an application from Solwezi City Mall to allocate part of its parking space as a temporal bus station in order to decongest the central business area.
Solwezi Municipal Council, Assistant Public Relations Manager, Esther Chirwa said the residents have rejected the decision by the council which was made during a consultative meeting held on December 26, 2017.
Ms Chirwa said the residents are concerned that re-locating the bus station to city mall would compromise security, lower standards of toilets and increase street vending.
She stated that City mall Management also outlined measures to address the public health and safety concerns raised by members of the public but they were still rejected.
Ms Chirwa disclosed that city mall management had applied to the local authority to have big buses operate from the mall in order to attract more people because many of the shops at the mall have closed due to lack of business.
she added that the mall management have an option of either withdrawing their request or preparing a written submission with minutes of the full council and the stakeholders’ meeting for the Minister of Local Government’s consideration and determination.
Meanwhile, Solwezi Municipal Council Town Clerk, Mbulo Seke said the Zambia National Service (ZNS) land which is next to the Solwezi City Mall has been earmarked for a modern Inter-city bus terminal.
Mr. Mbulo said this can be the lasting solution but the project can only kick off after ZNS has been re-located to an alternative land.
This was contained in a statement availed to ZANIS in Solwezi yesterday.