March 16, 2013

Road Rehabilitation in Zambia

THE Chingola Municipal Council has procured bitumen worth KR60,000 (K60 million) for road rehabilitation in the district.

Chingola town clerk George Mulenga said during an extraordinary council meeting in Chingola during the week that out of the 31 by 210 litre drums procured and delivered last month, 10 have been used to mend potholes in the area.

“We are likely to continue patching up the roads after the rains subside. So far, only 10 drums of bitumen have been used by theengineering and buildings department,” Mr Mulenga said. He was responding to questions from councillors who expressed concern over the dilapidated road infrastructure in Chingola.

Mr Mulenga attributed the poor workmanship on the roads to lack of equipment but that the municipality is soliciting for funds to procure machinery for pothole mending. And Mr Mulenga informed the civic leaders that KR700, 000 (K700 million) released for street lighting is already in the bank.

“This is so because we have just identified some contractors to work on the street lighting project,” Mr Mulenga said. He said one of the contractors quoted KR500,000 (K500 million) to install street lights on one road while the other two contractors quoted below KR500, 000.

Kwacha ward councillor Kennedy Sinkamba expressed concern that there are still potholes on Nchanga roundabout despite the fact that the road was recently worked on. “The poor workmanship has affected the roundabout. why should the council continue to waste resources on the same works?” he wondered.
Mr Sinkamba also said the Kitwe road, which leads to Nchanga North General Hospital, is in bad shape.
But Chingola mayor Cuthbert Kalebaila assured the councillors that the municipality will work on the roads as a matter of urgency.

And Nchanga member of Parliament Wilbur Simuusa said the Patriotic Front government inherited a poor road network from the MMD which has not been worked on for the last 15 to 20 years.

Source - Zambia Mail -  NKWETO MFULA in Chingola
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