Road Development Agency (RDA) Director, Bernard Chiwala, has implored the media to take interest in road development programmes that government has embarked on this year through the agency.
Mr Chiwala noted that the media are an important partner for the Agency as they have a responsibility of publishing all the projects that are being or have successfully been implemented.
Speaking at a Road Development Agency Media Review Meeting at Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka today, Mr Chiwala, who is also Chief Executive Officer for the Agency, said the organisation will continue to consolidate the sound relations with the media.
Mr Chiwala noted that in order to deliver on government’s mandate, the RDA has embarked on a number of major road projects which, among them, include the Link Zambia 8000 project and the pave Zambia 2000 that will be launched in the second quarter of 2013 and is expected to created about 20,000 jobs.
He said others are the L400 and the National Roads Tolling Programme also to be launched in the second half of 2013.
Mr Chiwala explained that the Pave Zambia 2000 will cover approximately 2,000 kilometres of urban roads using paving bricks and cobblestone which will provide alternative, cheaper and durable construction technologies for township roads.
He added that the L400 targets will cover over 400 kilometres of selected urban roads in Lusaka, adding that feasibility studies and detailed design for the project has commenced.
Mr Chiwala said the Agency is confident that Zambia is poised to be turned into a truly land linked country with the developments taking place in the road sector.
And RDA Senior Manager for Planning, William Mulusa, said the Road Sector Annual Work Plan (RSAWP) expenditure for this year is budgeted at ZMK3.3 trillion or ZMW3.3 billion.
Mr Mulusa noted that the principle objective for RSAWP is to ensure that the Core Road Network is in a maintainable condition throughout the year.
He said the project is also among other things targeted at improving accessibility of rural roads and contribute to poverty reduction, employment generation as well as increased opportunities for the rural and urban people.