30 January 2013

Zambia: RDA to Spend Kr3.2bn On Road Projects This Year

RDA chief executive officer Bernard Chiwala during a meeting wit road contractors recently. Mr Chiiwala says a road tolling system would be embarked on to finance routine road repairs.

THE Road Development Agency (RDA) will this year spend about KR3.2 billion (K3.2 trillion) on various road projects, senior manager for planning, William Mulusa has said.

Cooperating partners would provide KR822 million (K822 billion) while K1.5 million (K1.5 billion) would come from the Government and K886 million (K886 billion) would be generated from fuel levy.

Mr Mulusa said during a media review meeting in Lusaka yesterday that works would include upgrading, rehabilitation, emergency, periodic and routine maintenance, and procurement and capital expenditure.

Zambia has 40, 454 km of road network that could bring economic benefits once fully developed.

He cited some of the challenges during the 2012 period as long and restrictive procurement procedures, centralised procurement, and sub-standard works and services.

Mr Mulusa said RDA was focused to ensure that Zambia took advantage of its central location in sub-Saharan Africa.

RDA, he said, would prioritise high economic routes such as the North-South, Nacala and Dar-es-Salaam corridors.

He said to ensure sustainability of the road network a tolling system would be embarked on to finance routine road repairs.

RDA chief executive officer Bernard Chiwala said at the same meeting that Zambia would be a hub for road reconstruction projects as new and existing roads would be worked on.

He said different construction equipment would be imported from China in readiness for the road works as Zambia was poised to be turned into a land-linked country.

Mr Chiwala said more than 20 feasibility studies and detailed designs which were under procurement would be undertaken this year.

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