——————–The Rural Roads Unit (RRU) in Eastern
Province this year received K13.5 million out of a total budget of K20.8 million for road reconstruction and rehabilitation works.
Acting RRU Regional Engineer Charles Thole said 175 kilometres of roads were reconstructed out of a target of 250 Kilometres in Nyimba, Petauke, Katete, Mambwe, Vubwi, Sinda and Chipata districts.
Mr Thole told ZANIS in an interview that K2.6 million was spent on road equipment to enhance the operations of the unit.
He noted that K2 million was spent on 20 drainage structures at various points in the province.
Mr Thole was speaking when he inspected the Nyati/Simambumbu road in
Petauke district which was constructed under the 2011 budget but whose
drainage structure were being fixed under the 2014 budget.
And Mr Thole said that the construction of the Nyati/Simambumbu road
at the cost of K645, 000 which started in 2011 was completed in 2012.
He explained that he inspected the road to check on the drainage
structure which were recently constructed and observed that the fixing
of culverts on the 25 kilometre stretch would increase the lifespan of
the road from one to two years.
Meanwhile, motorists in the area have commended government for
improving the feeder road which they said has eased transportation of
their farm produce to Petauke from Ukwmi and Simambumbu.
Duncan Lungu said farmers used to face a lot of difficulties accessing
markets saying it was now easy to ferry the goods on the newly