Link Zambia 8,000 project progressing well

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The Road Development Agency (RDA) has disclosed that the link Zambia 8,000 project was progressing very well with over 80 per cent procurement having been conducted so far.


In October last year, President Michael Sata launched a road construction and rehabilitation project dubbed Link Zambia 8,000 which will be done in three phases over a period of five years.


RDA Director Bernard Chiwala said most of the procurement for phase one will be completed soon to pave way for phase two.


Mr. Chiwala said the agency was keen on building a good road network in the country and guarantee safety on Zambians roads.

The first phase will see the construction of around 2,290 kilometres of roads estimated to cost about US$1.5bn while the second phase would cover 3,049 kilometres of the road network worth about US$2.2billion.


The third phase involves upgrading of 2,862 km of the road network which would cost about US$1.76bn.


He was speaking in Lusaka today when Plascon Zambia Limited donated six 200 litres drums of paint and five 25 kilogramme bags of star grade worth KR 55, 000 to RDA for road markings.


He commended Plascon for the donation saying the gesture would make RDA’s work easier and better.


Mr. Chiwala has since called for continued strategic partnership between public and private entities saying more private institutions should emulate Plascon’s support towards government efforts in the road development sector.


And Plascon Zambia Limited Business and Government Relations Manager Chrispin Kanchule noted that some of the road accident related deaths that were recorded in 2012 may have been due to the poor road markings.


Mr. Kanchule said most deaths on the roads can be prevented when markings are visible adding that it was for this reason that his company partnered with RDA to identify accident prone black spots that need to be painted immediately.


He said Plascon’s objective was to contribute to the rebuilding of the nation in terms of infrastructure such as roads, schools, hospitals, and housing.


Kansai PLascon (Zambia) Limited, which was established in Zambia in 1997, is a subsidiary of Kansai Paints of Japan and is amongst the major paint companies in the world.