24 November 2012

Zambia: Mongu-Kalabo Road Half Way Done

WORK on Mongu-Kalabo Road in Western Province has progressed with the contractor, AVIC International of China, covering a stretch of 18 out of 34 kilometres so far.

AVIC International Zambia Limited site manager, Chen Yiju said in Mongu that the firm had done 18 kilometres of the road embankment, among other features.

Mr Chen was optimistic that the firm would complete the project on time as it had the necessary equipment, competent staff and experience.

"We have the confidence to complete this project on time. We assure you a quality product," he said.

The 34-kilometre stretch is from Mongu to Tapo area and is going to have 25 bridges.

The project, which started last year, was expected to be completed in 2016.

Road Development Agency head of public relations Loyce Saili was happy with the progress that AVIC International had made so far, but was sad that the rains were going to hamper the works.

Ms Saili said the Mongu-Kalabo project, which is worth K1.3 trillion, was currently the most expensive in the country because of the sandy terrain coupled with flooding for most part of the year.

"The contractor is working very well, but unfortunately we will soon be going into the rainy season. However, progress has been recorded," she said.

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