17 November 2012

Zambia: New Vehicles to Boost Link-Zambia 8000

GOVERNMENT has handed over 26 motor vehicles to the Road Development Agency (RDA) valued at K5.9 billion for use in monitoring the 'Link-Zambia 8000' project in all the provinces.

RDA chairperson Willie Nsanda said this showed Government's commitment to the construction of roads in all the 10 provinces in the country.

Mr Nsanda said Government bought the vehicles to facilitate smooth operations in the implementation of the 'Link-Zambia 8000' project which President Michael Sata launched in September this year.

Mr Nsanda said the vehicles were aimed at enabling RDA officers to closely monitor contractors so that they execute their duties diligently.

He urged RDA employees to put in their level best to make the project a success.

"The responsibility you have as RDA is onerous and the nation is looking up to you because Government has committed itself to making this project a success," he said.

He said the project would reduce road user costs and transit times across Zambia to propel economic growth and wealth creation in outlying areas of the country.

Mr Nsanda said he hoped the K8.4 trillion road projects would yield positive results and improve the road network once completed.

The 'Link-Zambia 8000' project would be carried out over a five-year period and would result in the construction of 2, 290 kilometres of road network at an estimated cost of K7.9 trillion in the first phase.

The second phase would cover 3,049 kilometres of road network to cost K11.25 trillion while in the third phase, 2,862 kilometres would be upgraded at a cost of K9 trillion.

The project would connect outlying areas to major trunk, main and district roads in the provinces and transform Zambia into a land-linked country.

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