Does a road inspectorate exist?

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:17:55 +0000

 

Dear Editor,

The state of some of the newly completed roads is quite deplorable, to the extent that I am wondering whether we really have a quality control system within the Road Development Agency.

The worst part is that some of the roads are in very bad shape and right here in Lusaka, the capital city where RDA sits.

For a start Lumumba Road  after Family 24 has developed some very dangerous potholes.

Repairs have been totally amateurish with rabble being used to patch up the potholes leading to a worse and dangerous depressions in which some cars have been stuck while others have had broken axles.

If this can be happening in Lusaka what is the situation in outlying towns.

My other complaint is on the Great East Road which to date has not been completed contrary to promises that were made in 2011. I remember President Sata promising to complete the road within a year but this is now almost five years and no sign of getting anywhere near completion.

Unless we take care of the roads, this will be an investment wasted because the deterioration will be so rapid given the poor quality of shoulders that many of these roads have been built on.

It is very necessary that Government establishes  an inspectorate to stop some of the most glaring abuses that the roads and signage are being subjected to by residents who seem determined to have their way even when they realise the folly of their ways.

Edward Kandakoma

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