MWILA NTAMBI, Kitwe
THE construction of a shelter that is expected to accommodate over 600 street vendors has started at Chisokone Market in Kitwe.
Kitwe mayor Christopher Kang’ombe and Kitwe City Council (KCC) public relations manager Roy Kuseka confirmed the development in separate interviews yesterday.
Mr Kang’ombe said the works, estimated to cost K1.6 million, are expected to be completed in November this year.
He said the construction of the shelter is an important venture for the local authority, which wants to raise the standard of hygiene and waste management in the city by ensuring people trade in conducive environments.
“It will also help us increase our revenue collection through the daily K2 market levies that everyone trading in a market is supposed to pay. It will also make management of litter and waste within the central business district easier for the council,” he said.
Mr Kang’ombe is confident that Government will soon come on board to financially support the project as per assurance by President Lungu when he commissioned another trading shelter within Chisokone Market recently.
And Mr Kuseka confirmed that the works on the construction of the shelter had started.
“So far, we have already erected the metal pillars and everything being equal, we expect that the project will take about three to four months,” he said.
The project has so far covered earth works, supporting poles and part of the drainage system.