Govt to focus on roads with economic value – Chitotela


GOVERNMENT has announced that it will concentrate on the construction of the road with economic value in its continued programme of infrastructure development.

Works and Supply Minister Ronald Chitotela said the ambitious infrastructure development the Patriotic Front (PF) government embarked on when it took over the governance of the country in 2011 was going to continue but that attention would be focused on road network with economic gains to the treasury.

And Mr Chitotela has said Zambia was in dire need of modern infrastructure in both the energy, agriculture as well as in the housing sectors.

Mr Chitotela, however, said while Government was going to focus on infrastructure with economic gains, it did not mean that social roads in communities and rural areas were going to be abandoned.

He said Government would continue budgeting for the Link Zambia 8000 road project which was initially estimated to cost US$5.46 billion and other road projects such as the L400 would be considered on the basis of the availability of resources.

“The construction of the road network will continue because the sector is a catalyst to the country’s economic development. President Edgar Lungu’s vision is infrastructure development as we work towards industrialisation. The agriculture sector depends on good road infrastructure and we are going to focus on the Link Zambia 8000 project. But that does not mean that projects such as the L400 will be abandoned,” Mr Chitotela said.

He said Government was of the view that roads which would give the country returns would have to be completed.

He said the Government was currently determined to work on the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriage way and that President Lungu would be commissioning the construction of the road next year.

Mr Chitotela said apart from the road network, Government had started building a modern and state-of-the-art new Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, stating that there would be no meaningful development in any country with poor economic infrastructure.

“We are also looking at the infrastructure in the energy sector as well as the housing sector. President Lungu wants improved housing for the country and investment in the energy infrastructure,” Mr Chitotela said.