78 km Philip-Lufila road upgraded

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78 km Philip-Lufila road upgraded

Shiwang`andu, January 15, 2015, ZANIS… Construction and upgrading of the 78 kilo meter  Philip-Lufila in Shiwang’andu district to bituminous standard will commence in March this year.

The road project is under the Phase two of the Link Zambia 8000 Road Project under the Road Development Agency (RDA).

China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) Site Manager Chen Xiao bo disclosed this yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on Chief Mukwikile at his Palace.

Mr. Xiao bo said the road project that commences in March this year will gobble K236 million adding that the works are expected to be completed in 24 months.

Mr. Xiao bo said that the construction and upgrading of the road will start from Philip through Kakoko to Lufila/Mwaleshi river in Chief Mukungule’s  chiefdom of Mpika where another contractor under Lot 2 of the project will continue and connect the road into the Great North Road in Chief Chikwanda’s area.

Mr. Xiao bo further said that his company has since commenced mobilization works which will take a few weeks.

And Chief Mukwikile of the Bemba people said he was happy with developmental projects going on in his chiefdom which had resulted in job creation for the youths.

The Traditional leader said that once the road is upgraded it would ease the transportation of farming inputs and crops in the area.

He added that a good road network promotes development saying there was need for more road networks to uphold accessibility of far flung areas.

Chief Mukwikile also appealed to CSCEC not to demolish the temporal structures that the company will erect so that such facilities could later be used as clinics or for other social amenities.

Meanwhile, Shiwang`andu District Commissioner  Moses Katebe has encouraged the youths in the area to apply for employment at the Chinese company working on the roads instead of engaging themselves in beer drinking.

Mr. Katebe also said that he was happy that various projects taking place in the district had benefited a lot of youths.