NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
WORKS to expand roads in Lusaka at a cost of US$245 million are expected to start in September this year, contractor Shapoorji Pallonji Africa
managing director Ranjit Gajare has disclosed.
This development will reduce congestion in the capital city as the contractor is expected to build four fly-over bridges and expand selected roads.
Mr Gajare said this when he called on Zambia’s High Commissioner to India, Judith Kapijimpanga, press secretary Naviley Bangwe said in a statement yesterday.
He said his institution is just waiting for 15 percent counterpart funding from the Zambian government as the Indian Government will provide the rest of the money through Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India.
“The works will involve expanding selected roads from two to four lanes, while some existing four lanes will be expanded to six lanes, with buses having dedicated lanes,” he said.
Mr Gajare said the three-year project will see the construction of ring roads from Makeni to Mumbwa Road, and further connect to the Great North Road after National Heroes stadium to make Lusaka a smart city.
He said the Great East Road from Arcades to Lusaka central business district will have two lanes on the fly-over bridge, while the existing four lanes will be expanded to six lanes.
“The project takes special care to the requirement that 20 percent of the works are done by Zambian local contractors,” Mr Gajare said.
And Mrs Kapijimpanga said the country appreciates the Indian government for extending another goodwill gesture through EXIM Bank of India for the execution of the project.
“I will convey the message to the Ministry of Finance through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the project because we are all looking forward to the timely commencement of the project,” she said.
Mrs Kapijimpanga urged the contractor to employ more youths and honour the minimum wage as the Zambian labour law requires.