CONSTRUCTION works on the US$15 million Millenuim Shopping Mall at Mitengo Housing Complex in Ndola by Gomes Haulage, which was last year put on hold, is expected to resume soon.
Managing director Leroy Gomes said works on the project would start soon when the company concludes the building of the Formula One Road project in Luanshya District.
Mr Gomes said the company had spent about $4 million on construction at the site, adding that it would this year roof the building as materials had already been sourced.
He told Ndola District Commissioner Dorothy Nachilongo, who toured the project site on Ndola-Mufulira Road, that the company had maintained the 100 workers that were employed at the beginning of the project despite the works being on a standstill.
Mr Gomes said the project would be completed when all resources had been mobilised and that the company invests the profits it makes into the project.
"Mitengo Housing Complex is still growing, in about five to 10 years to come, this area would have developed and people would demand a shopping mall like this," he said.
He said Gomes Haulage had a vision of building a bridge that would connect Kasenshi to Mitengo Housing Complex.
And Ms Nachilongo said the construction of the shopping mall in the area would bring development to the city as it would provide employment for the people.
She said Ndola was in a hurry to develop and that such projects should be facilitated as they would also provide shopping and leisure activities to people who would be coming for sports activities at the nearby ultral-modern Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
Ms Nachilongo commended the firm for coming up with the project in a new and developing area.
The mall would have 12 shops (four for supermarkets and eight ordinary shops), five cinemas, four large restaurants and two modern gymnasiums.