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Chinsali roads rehabilitation starts

MAPALO LUPUPA, Chinsali
Construction of 25.7km township roads in Chinsali has begun in a project that will cost K96 million.
Ministry of Local Government and Housing permanent secretary Stanford Msichili said in an interview that the overhauling of dilapidated township roads in Chinsali follows an outcry from residents and Government’s commitment to improving the state of roads in the country.
“Government has engaged two contractors to work on the roads and upgrade them to bituminous standard. This is a joint venture between Zhong Hauli Limited and Continental Labour Based,” he said.
Mr Msichili said the project will be completed in 18 months.
“The earth-moving equipment has already been taken to the site in the central business district, and later they will move to the township roads that motorists are finding difficult to use,” Mr Msichili said.
And Muchinga Province permanent secretary Bright Nundwe is happy that the road works are in progress and told the contractor that Government expects a professional job.
“Government is committed to ensuring that the road project is completed on time. I am impressed that the construction of township roads has commenced,” Mr Nundwe said.
He said two contractors have shown seriousness and commitment to delivering a quality product on schedule.
“Government will not hesitate to engage such contractors for future works,” Mr Nundwe said.
He said Government is committed to delivering development to the people and will not take kindly to contractors that will do shoddy jobs at the expense of tax-payers.
He said contractors undertaking public projects should ensure excellent workmanship because Government as well as the members of the public expect nothing short of quality work.
Motorists interviewed urged Government to improve roads in the area, with some saying that the wear and tear on vehicles is quite high due to the deplorable condition of the roads.

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