RDA signs a KR13million contract as contractor assures completion of project in 14 months


THE Road Development Agency (RDA) has signed a KR 13 million contract with
Satra Zambia that will culminate into the construction of a 210 kilometre dual
carriage way between Lusaka and Kapiri Mposhi.

And the RDA has also signed two contracts for KR 27 million and KR
6.1million respectively for the periodic maintenance of the Kabwe -Kapiri road
and some selected gravel roads in Petauke District.

The contract with Satra Zambia is for the provision of techno-economic and
environmental studies and engineering design in preparation for the upgrading
and creation of the dual carriageway.

RDA Chief Executive Officer Bernard Chiwala said the objective of the
services was to perform the necessary studies to rehabilitate and construct the
Lusaka-Kapiri dual carriageway to optimal and economically justified standards
and make comparative cost estimates for the selected technical solutions.

Chiwala said the creation of the dual carriageway was necessitated by
increased congestion on the road and that the project is expected to ease
traffic flow and enhance economic activities.

“RDA has signed a contract with Messers Satra I-Man Pvt Limited in
association with Satra Zambia for techno-economic study, detailed engineering
design and tender document preparation for the upgrading of the 210 KM from
Lusaka to Kapiri Mposhi dual carriageway at a contract sum of ZMW 13, 451,
O46.51,” Chiwala said.

Satra Zambia Associate Director Ashik Hussain said the company would put in
the best to ensure that safety features were enhanced on the road.

The Lusaka Kapiri road had in the recent past been rocked by road traffic
accidents that have claimed many lives.

And speaking during the signing of the contract for maintenance works on
selected gravel roads in Petauke District in Eastern Province which has been
awarded to the Zambia National Service, Permanent Secretary in the Defence
Ministry, Rose Saukatula hailed RDA for according ZNS an opportunity to provide
road maintenance works on a commercial basis.

 Salukatula said the project would
enable the security wing generate income which would be used to recapitalize
its operations through the procurement of modern equipment.

Zambia National Service Commandant General Nathan Mulenga said the ZNS had
always looked forward to a time when it would provide services at a commercial

Gen Mulenga assured the RDA Chief of quality works and that the contract
would be executed within the stipulated time frame.

Meanwhile Rankin engineering have been awarded a contract for the periodic
maintenance of the Kabwe-Kapiri road at contract sum of KR6.1 million.

Company Director Vahdat Alavian said the contractor was already on site was
would begin works on Monday.

 Alavian assured that works on the
roads would be completed within the stipulated 14 months