Lusaka Mayor Daniel Chisenga has disclosed that the drainage system at Kulima tower bus station in Lusaka has not been worked on because it was omitted in the renovation contract for all other pieces of infrastructure at the station.
Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka today, Mr. Chisenga regretted that the drainage component was omitted when the renovation contract was signed with the contractors.
He described the omission as serious.
He noted that it was because of this omission that the bus station experiences flooding after rains.
Mr. Chisenga however assured the public that a proper drainage system will be put up at the station in phase two of the renovations which will commence soon.
He said the council was concerned about the flood situation in several parts of the city and has therefore commenced emergency works on drainages.
Mr. Chisenga said the emergency works include unblocking and reinstating drains along roads in the central business district and residential areas in Lusaka.
He also disclosed that about KR200 million has so far been spent on drainage works in the city.
And Mr. Chisenga said the council was facing challenges of clearing waste generated from drainages because it has no light trucks.
He said the council has not been very effective in working on drainages along Cairo Road due to lack of equipment to unblock underground drainages.
Mr. Chisenga explained that the council has to hire equipment it uses to unblock underground drainages at a high cost.
He called on the public to be patient as government wants to find a lasting solution that will make yearly flooding a thing of the past.