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Lusaka roads rehabilitation impresses Government

PANJI

LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT is happy with the workmanship of Avic International Project Engineering Company, the contractor engaged to construct and rehabilitate roads in Lusaka under the ambitious L400 road project.
The L400 project is expected to cost US$360 million covering 408kms.
Speaking shortly after touring roads in Lusaka yesterday, Deputy Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Mutaba Mwali said the roads done so far are very good.
“As Lusaka is growing at a very fast rate, the road network also has to grow. The road network has to be improved; it has to be expanded and as a community, we must be prepared to co-operate,” Dr Mwali said.
He said Avic International Project Engineering Company encountered challenges during construction of Burma and Chilumbulu roads to do with relocation of cables and pipes for utility service providers.
He said the road expansion in some areas has been affected by installations which cannot be relocated.
“We have houses along Chilumbulu Road which cannot be relocated. This has affected the expansion of the road,’’ Dr Mwali said.
He, however, said there is need for the contractor to create walkways for pedestrians and cyclists on the roads.
Dr Mwali said the “conflict” between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in Lusaka should be resolved.
And Road Development Agency (RDA) director of maintenance Emmanuel Kaunda said there is high demand for road rehabilitation and construction in Lusaka.
“L400 project is unable to do every road in Lusaka because of the high demand. We would have loved every road to be looked at, but we cannot do that because we have a limited budget,’’ he said.
Mr Kaunda said relocation of pipes and cables for the water and power utility companies is slowing the contractor’s pace.
He, however, said that the RDA is happy and satisfied with the workmanship of Avic International Project Engineering Company.

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