VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka
MINISTER of Works and Supply Yamfwa Mukanga says the L400 road project will be revised to include more roads.
Mr Mukanga said in Lusaka yesterday when he inspected the progress of the project that because of an outcry from the people, Government has decided to revise the project to include more roads and areas.
The government will rehabilitate and upgrade over 400 kilometres of urban roads in the capital city under the project.
â€œHaving gone round checking the progress, challenges, listening to the people and requests that have come, we are looking at making variations to ensure that we cover as many roads in the city as possible,â€ Mr Mukanga said.
Implementation of the US$348 million project started in January 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
Mr Mukanga said lot one of the project is nearing completion and that as lot two begins, more roads and areas around Lusaka will be considered.
He commended the contractor, Avic International, for excellence in the execution of the works.
About 70 percent of roadworks have been completed on the L400, covering 265 kilometres on 299 roads in the rehabilitation and construction of selected urban roads in Lusaka.
â€œI am happy that the contractor is doing all he can to ensure that this project is completed professionally and within schedule,â€ he said.
Mr Mukanga urged residents and shop owners along the newly-constructed roads to stop dumping garbage in drainages because such actions compromise the durability of the facilities.
â€œIt should be every residentâ€™s responsibility to ensure no litter is thrown in the drainages and on roads,â€ Mr Mukanga said.
He appealed to Lusaka City Council (LCC) to address the garbage disposal challenge as it will compromise the durability of the drainages that have just been constructed.
The minister inspected the upgrading of Burma and Chilimbulu roads into dual carriageways. He also inspected Nationalist, Vubu and Mumbwa roads.
And Avic International deputy director Liu Xiadong said the company has done 265 kilometres of roads.
Mr Liu said Avic will complete the works before the scheduled time.
Illiso Consulting director Mususeni Mumba said the project has faced a number of challenges, including the relocation of services, lack of water from utility companies and land acquisition on some roads, especially on built-up land.
â€œAddressing these challenges cost time and money, which could have gone into adding mileage to the road,â€ Mr Mumba said.
He said the project will be completed mid-2016. The works also include walkways.
VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka