Nakonde, July 12, 2019, ZANIS--- Special Assistant to the President on projects implementation and monitoring, Andrew Chellah says he is impressed with the upgrading of 83 kilometre Nakonde / Kanyala road to bituminous standard in Nakonde District in Muchinga province.

ZANIS reports Mr Chellah says he is impressed with the works done so far on the economically viable road valued at about four hundred and fifty million kwacha.

Mr Chellah said that tarring of Nakonde / Kanyala road will greatly boast economic activities which in turn will result into the improvement of the living standards of the people in the area.

He also said that construction of road infrastructure shall open up the country for increased trade and investment opportunities and this will create more jobs.

“ The  Patriotic Front government under the able leadership of His s excellency President Edgar Changwa Lungu attaches great importance to raising  the living standards of the people and ensuring the stability of society and overall growth of the economy, “ he said.

He implored on the contractor, China State Constructing and Engineering Cooperation to ensure that the road construction project is completed on schedule.

Speaking on behalf of China State Constructing and Engineering Cooperation acting contract manager Lee Song said that the project will be completed in a period of not more than three years.

And some residents in the District told ZANIS in an interview that the road project has come at the righty time saying farmers face a lot of challenges whenever they want to transport their produce as the road become impassable during the rainy season.

Once the Nakonde Kanyala road is completed, it will link Nakonde, Chitipa in Malawi and Tunduma in Tanzania.

The road is part of government’s Seventh National Development Plan which among other development issues targets to make the country accessible.

Under the Seventh National Development Plan, Government focus is on construction and maintenance of road infrastructure in order to ensure enhanced and safe connectivity across the country and to preserve road asset investments.

In addition, Government focus is on upgrading and rehabilitating of roads and bridges to foster trade and development, facilitate movement of goods and services and reduce travel times and costs.

During the Plan period, the Government will continue implementing its key programmes in the sector, which include Link Zambia 8000, Pave Zambia, Feeder Road Rehabilitation and the C400, among others.

Government will also continue to develop tolls and collect road user charges to finance its programmes in the road sub-sector as well as pursuing Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) as a financing mechanism for road construction.