Chembe, November 9, 2019, ZANIS---Chembe District in Luapula Province today flagged off the construction of a twenty Kilometers township access road worth K1.9 million.

Launching the exercise, Chembe Town Council Chairman Victor Shamende said the construction of the access roads project is being funded by the Ministry of Lands so as to open up the new township to members of the public and access to contraction sites.

ZANIS reports Mr. Shamende in an interview said the move will speed up development in the border district as most of its roads currently being used become impassable during the rainy season.

“The construction works of government projects such as district administration block, 20 low cost and 10 medium housing units, civic Centre, police station and post office become affected as contractors have a challenge of ferrying their building material to their sites until such a time when roads become passable,” he said.

The opening of the township roads will encourage a number of people who have bought plots at the new site to begin putting up structures and other members of the public to obtain plots for various purposes from the council.

And Chembe Town Council Roads Foreman who is supervising the project as Project Manager, Trinity Kunda, said the Zambia National Service has been awarded the contract by Ministry of Lands and on site to commence the exercise.

Mr Kunda said the whole project will be divided into two phases of six months each with phase one taking 10kilometers up to gravel standard while the remaining 10kilometres will be done in phase two.

He added that access culverts will also be done as they are part of the project especially that Chembe District is swampy in most of the areas.