SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Livingstone
THE Livingstone Tourism Association (LTA) has asked Government to consider closing the Victoria Falls bridge to heavy trucks following
heavy flow of traffic that has potential to reduce the lifespan of the facility.
And LTA chairman Alexander Munthali expressed concern at the continued congestion caused by heavy trucks at the Victoria Falls border post in Livingstone.
Speaking during a media briefing in Livingstone, Mr Munthali said the Victoria Falls border post has been turned into a truck parking yard because the queue of heavy trucks increases daily.
“We need the trucking business but we do not need it in the middle of the city or at our border entry points like Victoria Falls and Kazungula Border as is the case.
“A by-pass is required to take truck traffic from the west coming from Kazungula to the north of the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport to intersect the Lusaka road at the weighbridge area,” he said.
He said the by-pass must be a toll road which can collect revenue from trucks for road maintenance.
Mr Munthali said the iconic structure was not built to contain heavy traffic as is the case presently.
“The bridge will get damaged and this will be another huge cost for the government. Besides, the recent situation at the border has already instigated different views as circulation on social media is increasing over the issue,” he said.
Meanwhile, SOS Children’s Village plans to support 2,000 children in communities under the Family Strengthening (FS) programme by end of this year.
SOS Children’s Village southern region programme manager Lindy Kasamala said the village recruited 83 families, which have 332 children from 2016 to March this year under the FS programme.
“We are currently supporting 1,700 children in the community and we hope to reach our target of recruiting 2,000 children this December,” she said
Speaking during a media breakfast here yesterday, Ms Kasamala said the village recruits children up to the age of 18 years, adding that they also help vulnerable children who are 19 years and above under the FS programme.