Road repairs along the Great North Road in Kapiri Mposhi have stalled.
This is after the contractor engaged to patch up sections of the road has not yet been availed with the drawings and designs by the RDA consultant.
ZANIS reports that the this came to light when Central Province Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ronald Sinyangwe inspected progress on the road works yesterday.
The RDA engaged Roads and Paving Construction to repair some sections of the Great North Road but the contractor has discontinued operations after ripping off some significant stretches of the tarmac in readiness for renovation.
But Roads and Paving project engineer, Aram Fashiul says his company had stopped working on the road because it had not been given the drawings and designs for the contractual scope of works by the RDA.
Mr. Fashuil claimed that the RDA have not yet procured a consultant to design the scope of work to facilitate for commencement of the repairs of the road.
However, Mr. Sinyanwe advised the contractor to expedite the road works noting that the ripped stretches on the road have become dangerous to motorist.
Mr. Sinyangwe flanked by Kapiri Mposhi District Commissioner, Beatrice Sikazwe stated that the ripped off road sections have also compromised security on the Great North Road in Kapiri Mposhi because the areas are being used as spots for stealing goods in transit on moving vehicles.
“ The areas which you have ripped off are harboring thieves of goods in transit on moving vehicles because the vehicles are moving very slowly and thieves have taken advantage to steal…
“ They are ambushing vehicles especially trucks carrying valuables to steal,” Mr. Sinyangwe said.
There is rampant theft of goods in transit at the ripped off sections of the road where thieves are making-off-with goods such as copper, fuel and other valuable from moving vehicles.
He said that the delay in implementing the repairs will further result in the damage to the road.
The DPS noted that the ripped off stretches of the road were also posing a great hazard to the health of the people and buildings along the road because of dust which is being emitted.
“Since the removal of the tarmac the road is almost impassable this is causing a lot of damage to the vehicles passing through the Great North Road in Kapiri Mposhi,” Mr. Sinyangwe said.
He appealed to RDA to urgently avail the contractor the drawings and designs for the road contract.
He stated that the RDA should have not allowed the contractor to rip off the before they prepared the designs for the scope of work.
Efforts to get a comment from RDA Spokesperson, Loyce Saili failed because her phone went answered.