RDA sets K4.5m for 2014 road sector plan

Road works within and around the Luapula Province
Road works within and around the Luapula Province

The Road Development Agency (RDA) says it has set aside K4.9 million for the 2014 Road Sector Annual Work Plan.


Out of the K4.9 million, an allocation of K1.2 million is from government, K2 million from external sources while K1.6 million is from the road fund levy.


And the agency says it has created a total of 18, 070 jobs from the 13, 790 projects the road it has implemented as of March 30.


RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Chiwala, disclosed that under the Link Zambia 8000 Road Project, 18 out of the 26 bridges on the Mongu-Kalabo road have been completed while works on the Chiawa Bridge are expected to be completed by June 30 this year.


Mr Chiwala said in a presentation presented on his behalf by RDA Senior Manager Planning, William Mulusa, during a briefing in Lusaka on May 27th that the K242 million Leopards Hill-Katoba road project has also been completed.


He further stated that 23 km of the 115 km Chama-Matumbo Lot One road project and 41 km of the 91 Luangwa Bridge-Feira road has also being done.


And Mr Chiwala revealed that the approved budget for the Pave Zambia 2000 project for 2014 is K40 million, adding that government has since released K26 million of the funds.


He said installation of equipment in all the ten provinces is expected to be completed by June 30 this year.


He further stated that manufacturing of pavers has commenced in Lusaka and that works are expected to start by May 31.


The RDA Chief Executive Officer added that selected areas of commencement include Freedom Statue, Bauleni, Matero and Bishop Road.


Mr Chiwala stated that the implementation of the Pave 2000 road project will result in a reduction of road transportation costs, a 10 per cent drop in transport cost as well as 25 per cent increase in trade.


And in a related development, Mr Chiwala revealed that US $348 million is the approved budget for the implementation of the L400 road project for 2014 that will cover 408 km of road and whose works are expected to be done in 43 months.


He said some of the projects that have been completed under the L400 project include 8 km of Mumbwa road which was expanded to four lanes, 1.5 km of Mumbwa road, six km of roads in Chazanga including drainages, and 0.5 km of road including drainages in Chawama.


Meanwhile, Mr Chiwala disclosed that the agency managed to collect a total of K130 million as of April 30 from the National Tolling Programme which was launched on November 1, 2013.


He said the average monthly collection under the National Tolling Programme is K21.7 million.