The Luanshya District Council has embarked on a programme of repossessing disused and abandoned buildings in the trading and industrial areas.
Luanshya Municipal Council Public Relations Manager Gideon Thole confirmed the dev elopement in a statement , in Luanshya , today.
Mr. Thole said that the Council has started the process of repossessing the old and abandoned building in the industrial area, first and second class trading areas which he described as a nuisance and an eyesore.
He said that the District Council has written to the central government through the Commissioner of Land seeking approval to start the re-entry process for the abandoned buildings which have been earmarked for repossession.
He said after the Council started notifying the owners of abandoned buildings about its intention to repossess them, some building owners were now rehabilitating and leasing out their property.
“As at now we have less than ten abandoned buildings earmarked for re-entry of which some are now being contested by their owners,” Mr. Thole said.
Meanwhile the Luanshya Municipal Council has this year set aside one million, eighty-three thousand, four hundred and ten Kwacha for the installation of street lights under its service provision programme.
Mr. Thole disclosed that a total of K1, 083, 410 will under the 2014 Council Budget be used for the purchase of street lighting equipment, establishment and maintenance of street lights.
The central government is also supplementing the local authority by providing K500, 000 for the installation of solar street lights in Lumumba and Buntungwa Roads.
According to Mr. Thole, the Council funded street lights installation is expected to be done on Roan-Mpatamatu, Luangwa, Ensa, Kopa, Ndola and Mulungushi roads.
Other roads to benefit from the project are: East Drive, Fourteenth Street, Gardenia, Zaone, industrial, Lantana, streets in Ward 18 in Roan Township, streets in Mpatamatu Section 24 and Hibiscus Roads among others.
Under the 2014 Street Lighting Project the Council has started the installation of tower flood lights in various markets and bus stations.
He said so far, Ndeke, Kamirenda, Zaone markets and Kapindula Bus Station were among the beneficiaries to the tower flood lights.