MONICA KAYOMBO, Ndola
THE Ndola City Council plans to engage Inter-African Transport Forex to establish a truck stop facility for the convenience of long-distance drivers transiting through Ndola.
Council public relations manager Roy Kuseka said the park yard would be constructed under the build, own and transfer (BOT) agreement.
The truck stop, to be located in Bwana Mkubwa area, will be a commercial facility that will provide refuelling, rest or parking.
It will also provide ready-made food and other services to motorists and truck drivers.
“The full council meeting has since decided that five hectares of land must be reserved for the facility,” Mr Kuseka said.
He said the council meeting had given a ‘go-ahead’ for negotiations between Inter-African Transport Forex and the local authority to start.
Mr Kuseka said there had been an outcry from motorists and the public on the indiscriminate parking of trucks in the central business district and other undesignated areas.
“The issue of promoting the principle of public-private partnership is the only way that we are going to deliver the services to the people,” he said.
Mr Kuseka said the parking facility will have sleeping quarters, toilets and a restaurant.
“Very soon, complaints on indiscriminate parking by the truck drivers will be a thing of the past. Once they arrive in Ndola, they will be accommodated and will be offered all the necessary facilities within the park yard,” Mr Kuseka said.