HONE SIAME, Kitwe
KITWE district commissioner Chanda Kabwe says the Kitwe-Chingola dual carriageway which is nearing completion, will help boost economic activities and reduce road carnage once completed.
Mr Kabwe said a lot of lives have been lost on the highly-congested road hence Governmentâ€™s decision to upgrade it into a dual carriageway. He said the road will not only reduce traffic congestion but will also enhance trade between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
â€œThe road will benefit the country socially and economically. This is the development the Zambian people have been yearning for, which made them usher PF into Government,â€ Mr Kabwe said.
Construction of the 45Km road by Sino Hydro Zambia Limited is expected to come to completion early next year.
Sino Hydro Zambia Limited, a Chinese contractor, engaged to undertake the project that includes 15Kms of urban roads in Chingola, at a cost of K840 million, has done 80 percent of the work.
The Chinese firm was awarded the contract in March, 2013.
A check at the site on Saturday, found the contractor working on the remaining short stretches from either side of Kitwe and Chingola, with a stretch of over 30Km already tarred.
Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge, who inspected the works recently, is impressed with the workmanship of the contractor.
Mr Musenge said in an interview in Kitwe that the project will translate into many social and economic benefits once completed.
He said the Link Zambia 8000 project underlines Governmentâ€™s commitment towards empowering Zambians through accelerated infrastructure development and creation of employment.
â€œThe quality of work being done by Sino Hydro on the Kitwe-Chingola road is impressive. This is one of the many projects which clearly demonstrates PFâ€™s commitment towards infrastructure development. This road has a lot of economic benefits,â€
Mr George Mutale, a Kitwe resident, commended the ruling PF for fulfilling its campaign promise to the people on the Copperbelt.
â€œThis is a great development for us. It is a dream come true for us people of the Copperbelt who have seen lots of lives lost on this road. We can only urge the PF to continue with its development agenda,â€ Mr Mutale said.
The scope of work of the project involves among other things construction of a new south bound road on the existing road, new junctions and drains and a new bridge over Mwambashi River, more than 12Km from Kitwe.
Government is also reconstructing the Chingola-Solwezi road and the 79-kilometre Pedicle Road, which traverses through the DRC.
HONE SIAME, Kitwe