Thursday, February 07, 2013

LCC kicks off 90-day emergency works on drainages

LCC kicks off 90-day emergency works on drainages
By Kombe Chimpinde
Wed 06 Feb. 2013, 15:50 CAT

THE Lusaka City Council has kicked off 90-day emergency works on Lusaka's drainage. A total of 700 casual workers have since been employed in various locations around the city to undertake the works.

The project drawn under the Inner Ring Road initiative for the emergency drainage works is expected to last for a period of three months.

Giving an update on the emergency drainage works yesterday at a media briefing, Lusaka mayor Daniel Chisenga said both supervisors and general workers under the Engineering Service Department and highways depot were assigned to different groups.

"The works are further monitored and supervised by officers under the Roads and Drainage section on a daily basis," he said.

Among the areas earmarked in the project are Pemba, Kasama, Sandulula roads in Chilenge, Chilimbulu road from Kasama road and from Mosi-O-Tunya junctions.

Others are Woodlands roundabout, Kabulonga roundabout, Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Yotum Muleya and Extension roads.

Burma Road from Yotum Muleya and Extension road to Sundulula Road, Nationalist Road, Chibwa Road, Kwa Banda area and Jon Hospice in Kamwala, unblocking of pits along Independence Avenue and Chimanga Road.

Others are Mother Theresa road, Alick Nkhata Road from Haile Selassie, Long acres, Great East Road from Chongwe, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, among many more.

"Due to the high traffic volume, works which include de-silting of the catch pits, removal of silt, unblocking of underground drainage in selected locations, in the central business district are undertaken on Sundays and workers are concentrated in the area," Chisenga said.

He also disclosed that PUSH has made available its tractor to the Council for use in the exercise to assist in the collection of waste and that the council would pay an allowance of K50 per day to the tractor operator.

"Additional funds shall be required for the payment of allowances for casual workers, operators and supervisors. The specified budget was underestimated for tools, protective clothing and administrative tools. This has however not deterred workers as some of them were encouraged to bring their tool," said Chisenga.

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