China Jiangsu Lands K126 Million Choma Roads Contract

GOVERNMENT has awarded a K126 million contract to China Jiangsu International Economic Technical Corporation to tar 30 kilometers of selected roads in Choma.

In addition to tarring of the roads in Choma, Government was building a state-of-the-art building to house the provincial administration at a cost of K31 million with more than 80 houses for civil servants.

Choma Municipal Council (CMC) director of engineering Michael Kabungo said the local authority identified 25 township roads to be upgraded to bituminous standard.

In an interview yesterday, Mr Kabungo said Makalanguzu, Masuku and Third streets were among the selected roads to be tarred by the Chinese firm.

“The contract has already been awarded, we are just waiting for consultant Gladstone Engineering to finish designing the roads so that the contractor can start the work,” he said.

Mr Kabungo said Gladstone Engineering was already on the site collecting valuable information pertaining to the design of the earmarked roads to be upgraded.

He said the upgrading of the road infrastructure in Choma was under the recently launched Pave Zambia 2000 project by President Sata.

Mr Kabungo was confident that the consultant would complete the designing process in the next one month.

He said, once the design process was completed, the contractor would move on site to commence the works whose completion period was 12 months.

District Commissioner Bernadette Hamweemba was confident that more youths in Choma would be employed during construction of the roads.

President Michael Sata declared Choma as provincial capital of Southern Province in 2012 from Livingstone and the town was now receiving massive developmental projects.

Source : The Times of Zambia

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