BOOST PACE ON TURNPIKE-MAZABUKA ROAD WORKS-RDA CEO

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The Road Development Agency (RDA) is disappointed with the slow pace of the emergency repair works on the 70 kilometre Turnpike-Mazabuka Road.

RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Engineer Elias Mwape said the Agency had summoned the contractor, Inyatsi Roads Zambia Limited to explain why the K65 million emergency repair works in the one year project which commenced last month, was dragging.

"The works here and attitude of the contractor towards work are not inspiring at all; this project is of emergency nature due to the increased volume of traffic and the contactor needs to speed up," Eng. Mwape said.

 

RDA Director and CEO, Eng. Elias Mwape (in cap) during an on the spot check of the rehabilitation of the

Turnpike-Mazabuka road. 14/01/2018

 

 

Eng. Mwape made the remarks on January 14, 2018 after touring the road which connects Lusaka and Southern Provinces.

 

Inyatsi site foreman Maxwell Chinkuli however could not comment referred all queries to the firm's management.

 

RDA Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape accompaied by acting Director Communications and Corporate Affairs

Mr. Anthony Mulowa speaking to journalits after the tour of the Turnpike-Mazabuka Road. 14/01/2018

 

Meanwhile, RDA Board chairperson Samuel Mukupa was happy with the progress on the construction of the Choma toll plaza.

The project being undertaken by AVIC International is set for completion in April this year at a cost of US$3 million.

AVIC resident engineer Rajesh Kumar told Mr. Mukupa when he toured the construction site of the facility that works were progressing well.

"We moved on site in September, 2017 and progress is at 40 per cent. Works are on schedule ahead of deadline on April 27, 2018," Mr Kumar said.

Mr. Mukupa, who was accompanied by Southern Province Permanent Secretary Mwangala Liomba, encouraged motorists to embrace the road tolling programme as it was key in sustainable road infrastructure maintenance.

Earlier during a courtesy call on Mr Liomba, Mr Mukupa said the Agency was committed to ensuring that the province was not left behind in receiving an improved road network.