Major Great East Road rehab works underway

The Biking Business and Cycling Culture of Chipata, Zambia .
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GOVERNMENT has said the major rehabilitation of the 357-kilometre stretch on the Great East Road is expected to start by June, this year after the Portuguese construction companies successfully completed mobilisation works.
Last year, Government, through the Road Development Agency (RDA), engaged Condril Engenharia SA and Mota Engil Engenharia E Construcao of Portugal for the rehabilitation of the road from Luangwa Bridge to Mwami Border Post in Eastern Province under the Nacala Corridor phase two project.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chileshe Mulenga said yesterday that the Government was expecting the two contractors to carry out rehabilitation works after finishing the mobilisation works on the 168.70 million Euro contract.
‘‘The two contractors, who were engaged to work on the rehabilitation works on the Great East Road, have just completed with the mobilisation  works and what we are expecting now is for them to start the rehabilitation works on the Great East Road starting next month (June) ,’’ Dr Mulenga said.
The permanent secretary also said the upgrading of Chipata-Vubwi road into bituminous standard by China Jiangxi International Corporation (CJIC) under the Link Zambia 8000 road project had delayed due to late release of finances as well as failure to hire a consultant on time.
He said the contractor reported to the site before the consultant was hired.
Dr Mulenga said with the hiring of the consultant, he expected everything to normalise on the road project.
He said the Chipata-Vubwi-Chadiza road was one of the biggest projects which the Government was working on to connect the three districts.
Dr Mulenga further said Sable was about to complete the tarring works on Chipata-Mfuwe and Chipata-Lundazi roads.
He said the contractor was carrying out minor works on the two roads in readiness for completion.
On the airport, Dr Mulenga said Government was working towards expanding the Chipata Airport in order to meet international standards.