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Mukanga happy with progess on the L400 road projects

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FROM RIGHT TO LEFT MINISTER OF TWSC YAMFWA MUKANGA, HIS DEPUTY MWIMBA MALAMA, RDA CEO & DIRECTOR ENG. BERNARD CHIWALA AND L400 PROJECT MANAGER ENG. NICHOLAS MULENGA DURING A TOUR OF THE L400 ROAD PROJECT

Minister of Transport, works, supply and communication Hon. Yamfya Mukanga has expressed happiness at the pace and construction of roads under the L400 road project. Speaking after a tour of selected roads under the L400 Road Project, Hon. Mukanga said it is was very heartening to see  considerable progress on the US $ 348 million project.

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Government collects K18.63 million from toll gates in the last six months

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Government says it has raised over K 18.63 million in the last six months from toll gates fitted on some selected points on some roads in the country. Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Minister, Yamfwa Mukanga said the money was raised through a pilot project involving seven toll gates that have been erected on weigh bridges and that only trucks passing through the seven bridges are currently being levied.

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RDA signs a contract for the upgrading of Chienge to Kaputa and Chienge- Luchinda roads

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Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer for RDA Mr. Andrew Chisala with deputy Director for China Henan Xiao Liang during a joint signing ceremony of upgrading Chienge-Kaputa and Chienge-Luchinda roads at RDA headquarters Lusaka

RDA Acting director and chief executive officer Mr. Andrew Chisala (right) with Copperfields mining services director projects Eng. Kalunda Chibalange signing a contract on Chienge-Kaputa and Chienge-Luchinda roads at RDA Head office in Lusaka

 

The Road Development Agency (RDA) has signed a contract with Copperfield Mining Services and China Henan International Co-operation for the   upgrading of 78.1 km of the Chienge to Kaputa road (U 2) and 27.6 km of the Chienge- Luchinda (D77) in Luapula province including 10 km of urban roads in Kaputa town at a contract sum of Five Hundred Million, Forty Thousand, Six Hundred Thirteen Kwacha Seventy Eight Ngwee Only (KR 500, 040,613.78)

RDA Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Andrew Chisala signed the contract on behalf of the Agency while Kalunda Chibalange signed on behalf of Copperfield Mining Services and Xiao Laing on behalf of China Henan. The project is a joint venture between the two contracting firms. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Kaputa Constituency Member of Parliament Maxas Ngo’nga and his Nchelenge counterpart   Raymond Mpundu.

Speaking shortly after signing the contract today, Mr. Chisala said the project site was located in Luapula Province along the Congo Border and Lake Mweru and that the contract would be executed within 30 months from the date of signing.
He said the works consist of upgrading of the existing gravel road to bituminous standard, with variable shoulder widths and extensive cuts and fill in hilly terrain. This project which is part of the Link Zambia 8000 road project also includes construction of a 120 m long pre stressed bridge over the Kalungwishi River as well as 10 km of urban roads in Kaputa.


The scope of work for the project will include among other things:
1.    Bush clearing,
2.    Construction of selected road embankment layers,
3.    Construction of asphalt wearing course
4.    Road markings and traffic signs,
5.    Provision of guard rails and other ancillary works, and
6.    Construction of  drainage structures


Mr Chisala said the project had immense benefits to the country once completed. The road project he said would promote tourism activities in the Mweru Wantipa National Park, Nsumbu National Park and other outlying parks in Northern Province. The construction of the road would also enhance fishing and agricultural activities which are the main economic activities of people in those areas.




In addition, the completion of the road project will also result in increased trade and commercial activities in Northern Province and beyond and also create jobs opportunities for the people of Chienge and Kaputa during the construction period.


The Contractor is expected to mobilise and move to site within two months from the date of signing of this contract.





Andrew Chisala
Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer
1/07/14

RDA owes no contractor says Eng. Chiwala

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Eng. Bernard Chiwala speaking at the media briefing in Lusaka recently

 

Road Development Agency (RDA) Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Bernard Chiwala has disclosed that no Contractor was currently being owed anything for works done on behalf of the Agency as at close of May, 2014. 
Briefing the media at Hotel Intercontinental in Lusaka on May 27, 2014, Eng. Chiwala said RDA was happy with the progress that it was recording in all the projects that were currently being undertaken across the country. He added that the Agency was also happy with most of the contractors executing works on its behalf.
He said RDA had ceased the opportunity presented by Government to make road infrastructure the cornerstone and pillar for the Country’s economic growth. He said Government through the Ministry of Finance had allocated a total of K4.9 billion for road and other related infrastructure development in this year’s budget and had been consistent with the release of these funds.
Eng. Chiwala thanked government for the commitment to road sector support and pledged to turn RDA into a high performing institution that will help transform Zambia into a truly land linked country in the Sub-region. He said it was against this background that Zambia was being referred to as the construction site in the SADC region. He added that the country was currently being rated the first in road construction and awarding of contracts.
He said with the Link Zambia 8000 Road Project, Government was determined to link up most rural parts of the country thereby reducing transportation costs and transit time which in turn will improve the quality of life for the Zambian people. He added that some roads had been completed and handed to government citing an example of the 43.8km Leopards Hill-Katoba which was recently completed ahead of schedule and has been opened to the public and handed over to government.
He said over 70% of works had been done on most Link Zambia Road Projects like Chama-Matumbo, Luangwa Bridge Faira road, Kitwe-Chingola dual Carriage way, Isoka –Mbesuma, Mansa-Luwingu and Mongu Kalabo road respectively. He further said that others are bottom road like the Chipata-Vubwi-Katete, Chipata-Lundazi-Katete, Kawambwa-Mushota, Mpika- Nabwalya, Mumba-Itezhi Tezhi, Isoka-Muyombe, Mbala Nakondeand Monze-Niko road and that all these projects are in the Link Zambia 8000 project.
He stated that it was also the agency’s mandate to ensure that all the road networks were in the maintainable condition thereby increasing the lifespan of the core road network.

Part of the media personnel that attended the briefing at Hotel Intercontinental in Lusaka on 27th May, 2014.

 

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