Government has announced that it will soon commence the development of the Kasanyika mini hydro power station in Mwinilunga District in North western province at a cost of $10 million.
The project which will be implemented under the Rural Electrification programme is expected to benefit 23, 000 local people.
Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development deputy Minister Charles Zulu disclosed this yesterday when he commissioned the Kawanda Electricity Grid Extension project at a cost of K11.2 million in the recently created Manyinga District in North-western province.
The electrification project which involved the construction of a total of 50.7 km of 11KV overhead lines and installation of several transformers has connected 11 basic schools, three rural health centres, local courts and other facilities to electricity for the first time since Zambia’s independence.
Mr Zulu said the gesture is a perfect 50th independence anniversary gift to the people of Manyinga from President Sata as the country commemorates its golden jubilee independence celebrations.
He said government has committed to connect over 6,300 facilities to electricity in the province through the grid extension project being undertaken by Rural Electrification Authority (REA).
Mr Zulu told hundreds of the local people who converged to witness the commissioning that government is fulfilling its campaign promises of providing reliable sources of energy to enable people engage in productive activities.
And speaking at the same function REA Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Musonda said 1,437 new connections will be made once all the 21 grid extension projects are completed and energized.
Of these connections, 114 are primary and secondary schools and 203 staff houses for teachers and health personnel.
Mr Musonda reiterated that his organization is working tirelessly to ensure that rural areas are electrified to enable more people access electricity to improve their quality of life.