Govt launches rural fuel stations project

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Government has launched the project to construct filling stations in rural areas that will be operated under the Ministry of Energy and Water Development to provide a uniform pricing mechanism of the commodity  across the country.

ZANIS reports that Energy deputy minister Charles Zulu officiated at the ground breaking ceremony of the government filling stations to be built in Mporokoso district of the Northern province at a cost of K4.5 million.

Launching the project , Mr Zulu said the programme was part of the uniform pricing mechanism aimed at providing the rural areas with filing stations where people could access affordable and unblended fuel.

He said the Ministry has earmarked to construct two filling stations in the country this year in Mporokoso and Luwingu districts of the Northern province.

Mr Zulu was hopeful that the projects will provide the much needed clean and affordable fuel to the people adding that the cost of fuel was high in rural areas because of some hidden costs.

He said government was prompted to initiate the programme of creating filling stations in rural areas because most oil marketing companies had concentrated on creating fuel stations in peri-urban and urban areas.

Mr. Zulu added that to ensure that the rural people had access to fuel, government would ensure that two filling stations were created around the country yearly.

He said the provision of the stations will help in employment creation and enhanced service delivery to the rural poor areas and boast economic growth.

The groundbreaking ceremony was also attended by Energy permanent secretary Charity Mwansa, Mporokoso District Commissioner Jennifer Choongo, Chief Chitoshi and senior government officials.

And the contractor for the project, Astor contractors’ representative Li Bing said the programme will commence as soon as power and water were connected to the site.

Mr. Bing said his company will ensure that the construction of the filling station was completed within eight months.