Ndola township roads receives facelift

Road Development Agency
Government has awarded a contract to Gomes Haulage Limited to rehabilitate about 34km of various roads in Ndola at a cost of KR53 million.

And Gomes Haulage has done over 70 percent of works on the Indeni-Fatima 8km stretch at a cost of KR59 million which includes two bridges at Munkulungwe and Twapia a contract which was awarded to the company in September last year.

This came to light when Road Development Agency (RDA) Director Bernard Chiwala checked on the road works being done in Ndola yesterday.

Mr Chiwala disclosed that the second contract was awarded to Gomes Haulage in February this year to work on various township roads in the city within a year and the other one being the Indeni-Fatima road whose contract term is 10 months.

Mr Chiwala said the face of Ndola will change once the roads are completed adding that Gomes Haulage Limited is expected to do the road carriage and drainages on the sides of the road to prevent soil erosion.

He however halted the men who were carrying out works on the drainage system on the Indeni-Fatima road because they had no safety attire for the job.

 He said safety of workers was cardinal no matter how small the job might look and warned the Site Manager Ngosa Mubanga that the contractor will be charged for having workers without safety attire.

Mr Chiwala said allowing workers to work without safety attire was unacceptable because workers were at risk of being hurt.

 He ordered the workers who were found at the site without working suits to resume work after the contractor had acquired safety attires for them.

But Site Manager Mubanga said that the problem was with the sub-contractor who did not buy safety attire for the workers.  

And the RDA Director has said that the Kitwe-Solwezi dual carriage way is one of the greatest gifts that the people of Copperbelt and North Western provinces have ever received from the Patriotic Front (PF) government.

Mr Chiwala said the estimated total cost of works to be done on the Kitwe-Solwezi dual carriage road is about K561billion.

He said having grown up in Kitwe he has witnessed a lot of fatalities on the Kitwe-Solwezi road due to heavy traffic adding that the creation of a dual carriage road will ensure that road accidents are reduced.