By HELLEN TEMBO –
THE Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela has assured people of Nchelenge District in Luapula Province that tarring of Kashikishi-Lunchinda Road which links Nchelenge and Chiengi districts will start in March this year.
Mr Chitotela said the Government had made a K37 million down payment which translated into a 15 per cent of the K750 million contract sum to the contractor Sinohydro Zambia Limited.
He said the contract period of the road was 24 months.
Mr Chitotela said Government was determined to ensure that about 100 kilometres road in Luapula was worked on.
He said the contractor would have moved on site along time ago but was waiting for the rain season to reduce.
Mr Chitotela said this after checking on the road in Nchelenge District Luapula Province on Tuesday.
“Government is aware that the people of Luapula, especially Nchelenge and Chiengi are not happy that tarring of the road has taken long and which is why all logistics have been put in place to ensure that works on the road start this year,” he said.
Mr Chitoteloa said the Government of President Edgar Lungu wanted to deliver on all its promises.
This is according to a statement issued by Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development public relations officer Jeff Banda.
And Mr Chitotela has urged the contractor constructing the medical hub in Mansa, Dafa Construction, to uphold the highest standard of professionalism in their works.
He said he would not tolerate substandard works because Government was spending huge amounts of money on the infrastructure.
Mr Chitotela urged the contractor to ensure that quality works were done.
He said Government could not be spending huge sums of money for projects that were not durable.
The medical hub, which would be storing medical supplies for Luapula Province was under construction, with 70 per cent of works done.