Slow pace of road construction upsets Kapriri DC
Kapiri Mposhi, May 13, ZANIS —— Kapiri Mposhi District Commissioner, Beatrice Sikazwe has expressed dissatisfaction at the slow pace on the roads construction and repairs projects in the district.
Ms Sikazwe lamented that the construction of township roads and repairs on parts of the Great North Road in the area have taken long to be completed.
The District Commissioner who inspected progress on the two projects being executed by Asphalt Road Zambia (ARZ) and Road Pave Construction respectively urged the companies to step-up their performance to ensure that the works on the roads are completed on time.
During her inspection of road repairs on the Great North Road today Ms Sikazwe was infuriated after she discovered that the contractor, Road Pave, engaged to repair parts of the road in the district had moved from site after ripping-off significant stretches of the tarmac of the road last week.
Ms Sikazwe expressed displeasure noting that the ripped road had now become a health hazard to the people and buildings along the road because of dust.
She said as a result of the removal of the tarmac the road had become almost impassable to the detriment of vehicles passing through the Great North Road in Kapiri Mposhi.
“There is no one here… I wonder what is happening after this contractor pilled-off a significant stretch of the road … they are nowhere to be seen to explain what is taking them this long to work on the road our people have suffered from dust as a result of the condition of the road,” Ms Sikazwe noted.
Ms Sikazwe has since summoned the contractor to her office to explain why they had moved from site after pilling-off the road.
And Ms Sikazwe advised the contractor, ARZ, constructing township roads to speed up the works in the area.
ARZ is upgrading a total of 3.5 kilometers of township roads to bituminous standard in Kapiri Mposhi district.
The road works contract is expected to be completed in three months time includes upgrading of Tambalale, TAZARA and Independence roads.
But ARZ construction Site Manager, John Nthuli told ZANIS that his company will commence with the stone base and applying asphalt after finishing compacting the gravel by July this year.
ZANIS efforts to get a comment from the Road Development Agency (RDA) Public Relations Manager Loyce Saili failed as her phone went unanswered.