Great north road a disaster- Banda

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Muchinga Province Minister, Charles Banda says the Isoka to Nakonde road stretch on the Great North Road is a disaster that needs urgent attention.

Speaking when he inspected this section of the highway, Mr Banda expressed hope that the selection of a suitable contractor will be done soon following the closure of the tender bids on 28th December last year.

He said such vexing challenges calls for pragmatic and urgent solutions to save people’s lives from unnecessary accidents.

The Provincial Minister noted that the stretch is part of the international route on which volumes of assorted cargo that is cleared through the Nakonde border check point is transported to various destinations.

Mr  Banda observed that the ever increase in the number of road  traffic accidents that have claimed people’s lives and damaged vehicles and cargo is mainly as a result of the heavily dilapidated road.

He said it has become increasingly inconveniencing to drive on such a busy international highway which is heavily characterized by deep portholes.

The Provincial Minister wondered how such a busy road which has been helping government to generate revenue through border taxes could be left unattended to and causing a lot of travelling discomfort to commuters.

He added that the Patriotic Front government will not sit idle and continue to politicize challenges but will engage all stakeholders so that a lasting solution can be found.

“Surely, 48 years after independence, the nation cannot the Pride to have Socio-economic infrastructure of importance in such a sorry sight,” said Mr Banda.

He said he will soon call upon the Road Development Agency (RDA) so that it hastens the process of picking reputable contractors to do the works.