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REHABILITATION WORKS ON LUSAKA - CHIRUNDU ROAD LINK 4 ADVANCE
The expanded section of Lusaka - Chirundu Road Link 4
Rehabilitation works on the 24.5 kilometres Lusaka - Chirundu Road from the escarpment section to Chirundu Border including approximately 2 kilometres of the Trans Frontier works across the Border into Zimbabwe have advanced with physical progress standing at 50 percent.
The works being undertaken by China Henan International Co-operation (CHICO) from which Link 4 of the Lusaka - Chirundu road project have accelerated with clearing and grabbing completed for the entire stretch while 14.1 kilometers of the diversion has been constructed.
Road Development Agency Lusaka Province Regional Manager, Joseph Mwiinga has disclosed that the Africa Development Bank (ADB) funded Project was on course. He said 22. 1 kilometres of the road had already been widened. Culvert extensions have been covered on a 15.5 kilometre section. In addition, over 10 kilometres of paving has been achieved.
The road is being constructed at the total cost of US $23.4 million and is aimed at improving the riding quality as well as safety aspects through widening of the carriageway.
The scope of works includes among others: clearing and grubbing, roadbed formation, subgrade, crushed stone base and asphalt wearing course. Others are lining of drainage, culvert extension and road furniture installation as well as road markings.
The Project is being supervised by SWECO in Association with BICON Zambia Limited and the contract is expected to be completed by February, 2017. The improvement of the road will enhance trade between Zambia and Zimbabwe and the entire COMESA and SADC Regions.
Cement stabilization on a widened section of the Lusaka - Chirundu Road ( Link 4 )
ROAD RESERVE ENCROACHMENT WORRIES RDA
RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Kanyuka Mumba and his Team during an inspection of the Great East Road to determine the level of encroachment in the Road Reserve.
Road Development Agency ( RDA) Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Kanyuka Mumba has bemoaned the high number of illegal structures mushrooming in road reserves on Zambia’s Roads and called for close collaboration between the RDA, Ministry of Local Government and Housing (MLGH) including the Local Road Authorities in order to resolve the problem.
Speaking when he inspected the Great East Road (T4) from Airport traffic circle to Chongwe, Eng. Mumba said it was saddening that private developers were constructing all manner of structures in the Road Reserve completely oblivious of the provisions of the existing laws on Road Reserves. Engineer Mumba who was accompanied by a team of Directors of the RDA and Engineers from various departments in the Agency said he was saddened with the development.
He said the Agency would find it difficult to carry out future developments and expansion of roads if the infringements in the Road Reserve were not halted. Mr. Mumba and his team during their tour discovered that a number of buildings which included market stalls, fuel service stations, houses and farms had all been built within the road reserve along the Great East Road. According to the Public Roads Act Number 12 of 2002, a strip of land measuring 50 meters form the center line on either side of the carriageway for a Trunk Road should be reserved as a road Reserve to allow for future expansion of roads.
Eng. Mumba noted that although some of the structures were constructed before the Public Roads Act was enacted in 2012, going forward, the Agency needed to carry out major sensitization to the public and stakeholders in order to avoid potential problems related to the future development of roads.
“Road reserves as prescribed in the Public Roads Act should be respected, we cannot allow this indiscriminate construction of structures in our road reserves to continue”.
Eng. Mumba disclosed that the RDA had engaged a Consultant called Advanced Mapping and Positioning Limited to carry out an audit of Road Reserves on Zambia’s Trunk Roads totaling approximately 3,207 kilometers in order to determine the extent of encroachment. The Consultant has since submitted their Inception Report to RDA.
Eng. Mumba said the data collected would help the RDA to prevent further encroachment buy securing its road reserves. Eng. Mumba noted that Government was spending colossal sums of money on constructing roads and could therefore not allow a situation where money was being wasted to compensate people who had built illegal structures in the Road Reserves. The Chief Executive officer also noted that the illegal structures in some cases were posing as a serious safety risk to road users and the very people that had constructed the illegal structures.
The RDA CEO also noted with sadness the growing trend of people selling various wares very close to major roads. He described the situation as “accidents in the making”.
And paying a courtesy call on Chongwe Town Council Chief Executive Officer Mr. Jonathan Simbeye, Eng. Mumba said that Councils were key stakeholders who could help RDA to manage the encroachment in Road Reserves. Engineer Mumba said Councils were tasked with the allocation and demarcation of land and were therefore better placed to help to halt the vice.
In response, Chongwe Council Chief Executive Officer Mr. Simbeye welcomed Eng. Mumba’s call for close collaboration between RDA, MLGH and the Councils.
“You are right, we understand the dimension of this problem and we also know that in future with the increasing volumes of traffic, we need to expand these roads. I wish to assure you of our support as Chongwe Council.” Mr. Simbeye said.
Mr. Simbeye also appealed to the RDA CEO to consider upgrading township roads in Chongwe. He noted with sadness that although Chongwe was very close to Lusaka, the District had not benefited from the rehabilitation and upgrade of roads that had been witnessed in other districts of the country.
The RDA CEO indicated that the Agency would seriously consider the Council’s request in future Plans. The Agency is however set to carry out some works in Chongwe under the pave Zambia 2000 Road Programme.
Eng. Mumba during inspecting a structure that has been built in the road reserve
Eng. Mumba when he paid a courtesy call on Chongwe Council CEO Jonathan Simbeye
RDA EMBARKS ON CONSTRUCTION OF CLIMATE RESILIENT ROADS IN THE KAFUE RIVER BASIN
Government through The Road Development Agency (RDA) has embarked on construction of roads that are climate resilient in response to the global climate change under the Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience. According to the July, 2016 Inception Report for the Improvement to Climate Resilient Standards of Selected Strategic Roads in the Kafue River Basin in Southern Province the Agency intends to construct a total of 251.25 kilometers of the road network at a total cost of US$17.5 million funded by the African Development Bank (ADB).
Zambia is one of three countries in Africa, together with Mozambique and Niger, initially selected to implement the Pilot Programe for Climate Reslience (PPCR). The selected roads to be implemented under this programme are the 75.25 kilometers Kalomo to Dundumwezi, the 124 kilometers Itezhi Tezhi to Dundumwezi, and the 52 kilometer Namwala to Itezhi-Tezhi road.
The Project is scheduled to commence later this year as soon as the procurement process in concluded and contracts awarded for the design, review, supervision and for works.
“Zambia has developed a Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience whose main objective is to provide engineering assessments, socio-economic studies, conceptual designs and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments necessary to upgrade and maintain the targeted roads to climate resilient standards and to also upgrade the selected roads in the Kafue River Basin to climate resilient standards,” the Report stated.
The roads have been designed and will be constructed with specific consideration of climate trends and climate hazards including floods, droughts and increased heat and with careful involvement of national and local authorities. Furthermore, the improvement of selected roads to climate resilient standards will use the principles of performance based contracts (OPRCs) in which the contractor will be required to carry out full rehabilitation works for a period of twenty four (24) months and thereafter maintain the roads for a period of thirty six (36) months.
The Government of the Republic of Zambia has also secured support through grant funding amounting to €4 million from the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) to finance an update and revisions to transport sector infrastructure standards and codes so as to ensure that they reflect best practices in climate resilient infrastructure development.
“This support is under the umbrella of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) which is coordinated at a national level by the Interim Climate Change Secretariat (ICCS) under the Zambia Ministry of Finance. The PPCR is one of the global climate funds established under the multi-donor Climate Investment Fund (CIF) which aims to help countries shift toward a more climate resilient development path, consistent with poverty reduction and sustainable development goals.
The program seeks to complement available adaptation financing by providing funds for programmatic approaches to integrate climate resilience into core development policies, plans and projects, thus catalysing a transformational shift from “business as usual”, sector-by-sector and project-by-project, towards a more programmatic way of building climate resilience.
In Zambia, the PPCR is an integral part of the National Climate Resilience and Low Emissions Development Programme, which is led by the ICCS with representation from key sectoral ministries. As such, the PPCR entails four (4) projects, which together constitute the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) which aims at mainstreaming climate change into the most economically vulnerable sectors of the economy.
These projects are the AfDB-funded project to pilot climate resilience activities in the Kafue sub-basin; the IBRD-funded project to strengthen the national framework for climate change in Zambia and pilot complementary climate resilience activities in the Barotse sub-basin; the IFC-funded project to provide private sector support to the two sub-basins, particularly in the areas of index-weather insurance, climate information, micro-credit, and private-sector led climate resilient financing; and the NDF-funded project to support development of standards and codes for climate resilient transport infrastructure.
GOVERNMENT SIGNS FIRST EVER ROAD CONCESSION AGREEMENT
Government through the Road Development Agency (RDA) has signed the first Concession Agreement under the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) with Groupe European de Development (GED) Project Africa (Z) Limited to construct the 85 kilometer Kaluba to Mwenda Road in Luapula Province at an estimated cost of US$ 180million.
RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Kanyuka Mumba said the signing of the Concession Agreement was a milestone because the project was not only the first PPP Road Project in both the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia but was also the first cross border infrastructure Project between the two Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. He said the main objective of the 85 kilometer Project was to provide a shorter and more efficient route for traffic between Lubumbashi, through Nakonde, and the Port of Dar-es-Salam in Tanzania adding that the development would help reduce travel time, vehicle operating cost and ultimately lower the cost of doing business.
“The upgrading and mordernisation of this important regional corridor will foster great economic integration in the SADC Region. The new road will not only provide a shorter and faster link between Katanga and the Port of Dar-es-Salam, but will also enhance productive capacity and development in Luapula Province and all surrounding areas. Needless to say, the development of this route will also ease the congestion at Kasumbalesa border with the DRC,” he said.
And Mr. Hutton- Mills said the five year journey to signing of the concession had been bumpy, a journey dotted with highs and several lows but with the dogged determination and unbending will of the great team assembled alongside the GED, the magnificent support and admirable patience of the ACGT and the Ministry of Infrastructure in the DRC, RDA and Ministry of Works and Supply in Zambia, he had no doubt that all the collective effort was not in vain. He thanked the two Heads of State of Zambia and DRC for their support throughout the process.
He said a privately financed cross-border PPP project, presented certain challenges such as different processes, technical and regulatory standards on both sides adding that this would therefore require a strong bilateral and multilateral cross-border support and co-operation from both Governments and from the regional bodies such as COMESA and SADC.
“We humbly ask for your continued support and patience as we look forward to bring this project to financial close in the shortest conceivable time,” he said.
Speaking at the same function, Finance Minister, Alexander Chikwanda said the Zambian Government through his ministry had for a long time propagated the need for sustainable financing for the Road sector and one viable option was the use of deep but unutilised resources that the private sector had. He said the signing ceremony should therefore mark the start of the engagement of the Private Sector in Public Projects so that infrastructure could, on a sustainable manner, not only be supportive of national and regional development through enhanced linkages but compliments the need to ensure the fiscal position was sustainable going forward.
Minister of Works and Supply, Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga, assured GED of maximum support from the Zambian Government adding that Government was expecting a good and high quality end product that would make the two countries realise their objectives.
The scope of work includes but not limited to: modernisation and upgrading to bituminous standard for the road starting from Kaluba at the Luapula river to Mwenda in Luapula Province covering 85 kilometers; construction of a 345 meters Cable-Stayed Bridge across Luapula river; construction of One-stop Border facilities; and construction and maintenance of four integrated schools and Health Centers (or other social Infrastructure as agreed with concerned communities) in the vicinity of the Project.