THE Road Development Agency (RDA) has requested the Zambia Public Procurement Authority to allow it to single source a contractor to take over the 23.5 kilometre rehabilitation and construction of Chingola roads which was terminated owing to non-performance.
Announcing the allotment of 400 kilometres of roads under the Pave Zambia road projects to 10 districts on the Copperbelt Province, Road Development Agency (RDA) senior manager for public relations, Loyce Saili said in an interview that the agency’s plans to single source on the Chingola roadworks was justifiable.
Saili, who regretted the termination of the initial Chingola roadworks, explained that the single sourcing of another contractor would ensure that the procurement period was shortened.
“But we are hopeful that ZPPA will look at the justification we put forward and when they do, we should have a contractor in Chingola very soon,” Saili said.
She said the Pave Zambia project on the Copperbelt would start with the first five-kilometre stretch from Chingola which had been awarded 50 kilometres from the 400 kilometres.
“We have set up the plant and equipment at our regional RDA office in Ndola. The plant has been tried and tested and it’s working very well,” Saili said. “We have sent the materials that we are going to use in the manufacturing of paving blocks to Lusaka Central Materials Laboratory and works will commence as soon as funds are made available.”
Saili also said the rehabilitation of Ndola’s Broadway Road was part of the Kitwe-Ndola road dual-carriageway periodic maintenance works.
“It covers a stretch of 54 kilometres from Kitwe. From a layman’s point of view, Broadway was a perfect road but from a technical point of view that road had developed bad longitudinal cracks which are very costly to repair if left unattended,” said Saili. “So we are trying to avoid letting roads deteriorate to uneconomic levels; so that’s just periodic maintenance and nothing sinister.”
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