Chikankata lands K1.4m for roads rehab

CHIKANKATA District Council in the Southern Province has procured heavy-duty machinery worth more than K1.4 million for the maintenance of dilapidated road networks in the area.

The road equipment, which was procured from the United States under the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) of 2012, include a tipper truck, grader, roller compactor and a back-hoe loader.
Council Secretary Johnson Changwe said in an interview that the council procured the earth-moving machinery to help upgrading of deplorable road infrastructure in the newly-created district.
“As a council, we are in a hurry to ensure works start as soon as possible although our district is so vast but we have to maintain these roads,” he said.
Mr Changwe said the machinery would enhance the council’s service delivery of tangible projects to the locals by undertaking serious road rehabilitation works in the district.
The council also recently approved more than K7 million as its budgetary allocation for the year 2014 with focus on accelerating infrastructure development.
Among other key areas of focus include councillors’ study tours, support to HIV/AIDS programmes, maintenance of roads, upgrading of feeder roads bridges and culverts.
Chikankata was among the three districts recently created by President Michael Sata and their declaration has led to opening up of numerous employment opportunities.
Mr Changwe assured Chikankata residents that the council would provide developmental projects to speed up infrastructure because the area was lagging behind in development.
He said the council would operate in line with the Government’s desire of creating more employment opportunities and uplifting the living standards of the locals.