By JACKSON MAPAPAYI
SOLWEZI Municipal Council has started constructing the 1.5 kilometre Kyankwankwa road and four other roads connecting into Independence Avenue.
The four other roads include Shoprite, ZESCO, Zambezi station and Coppers corner which will all be upgraded to bituminous standard.
According to Solwezi Town Clerk Bornwell Luanga, the project will be financed using part of the property rates retained from Kansanshi mine.
Mr Luanga said the local authority collects about K63 million from the mining firm payable in two instalments January to June 50 percent and July to December another 50 percent.
“This year, the mine has retained K8.5 million which will go towards the road works,” Mr Luanga said.
He said the local authority has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kansanshi mine because of the roads department which has all earth moving equipment.
“So, in this case, it is the mining company under its roads department that is going carry out the road works on behalf of the local authority,” he said.
Mr Luanga that the construction works were expected to be completed by December this year.
He advised members of the public to use alternative routes in order to give way to machinery on site.
“Furthermore, booth owners along the said roads are advised to move their booths to alternative places to give way to construction works,” he said.