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State ponders PPP for Chiwala Road

CHISHALA MUSONDA, Masaiti
GOVERNMENT plans to engage companies accessed through the Chiwala Road for a possible public private partnership (PPP) agreement on the construction for the road leading to the industrial hub of Ndola.
And senior Chief Chiwala said the Chiwala Road has not been considered for rehabilitation for a long time and should be accorded the due attention by Government.
“There is no road for sure,” Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo said of the dilapidated state of the road as he made his way to Senior Chief Chiwala’s palace.
“I will call for a meeting with companies that mainly use this road and see how best to handle this matter. It is serious, urgent and it is a road of economic importance and we may consider a PPP to construct the road,” Mr Lusambo said.
Neelkanth Lime Company, Neelkanth Cables, Handyman’s Lime Company, Zambezi Portland Cement, Nizam Crushers, Ndola Lime Limited, Lafarge Cement, BHL and Mei-Mei Construction are the major companies that frequently use the Chiwala Road.
And during a courtesy call on the chief, the minister said President Lungu and the Patriotic Front (PF) administration are seriously considering working on the road with stakeholders and will be given priority for its benefits to the economy of Ndola and Masaiti.
“As Government, we know that the road is not in a good state but we are doing everything possible to work on it,” he said.
And Senior Chief Chiwala said the companies in the area are manufacturers of many building materials which can be purchased cheaply but the prices are high because of the transportation costs due to the state of the road.
“The road has been neglected for a long time, so under the leadership of President Lungu we would like to see the road is worked on,” the traditional leader said.
The senior chief said the stakeholders who produce various road construction materials are ready to work with Government to rebuild the road.



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