Government plans to commission Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in January next year to enable it provide world class services to the growing tourism market in Livingstone.
Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga has urged the contractor upgrading the airport to speed up the works so that the airport can be commissioned in good time.
Mr Mukanga said this over the weekend when he toured the airport.
He after commissioning the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, Government will focus on upgrading Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka.
The National Airports Corporation Limited (NACL) has engaged SITA, the world’s leading specialist in air transport, communications and information technology, to modernise the airport’s passenger processing, network infrastructure and security management solutions, at a cost of US$5.4 million.
NACL managing director Robison Misitala said furniture for the VIP lounges has been bought and all the duty-free stores in the departure lounge have been taken.
And Mr Mukanga is concerned that some work done at Maramba Cultural Village is below par.
“When the United Nations World Tourism Organisation general assembly ended, the contractor went to sleep. I am happy that there is already an understanding to resolve pending issues once payments are made,” he said.
Mr Mukanga also urged the contractor constructing the Livingstone City Market to accelerate the works so that residents can move from the streets and start selling their merchandise in the new structure.
Construction of the two-storey market which will accommodate 153 traders, is scheduled to be completed next month.
Meanwhile, Mr Mukanga said he will soon issue a Statutory Instrument (SI) to compel contractors engaged to build infrastructure to give Zambians 20 percent of the works.
Mr Mukanga said when he toured the Livingstone Intercity Bus Terminus which is being constructed at a cost of K41.5 million that he wants to see Zambians benefit from infrastructure works.
“I will soon issue an SI to support the matter to empower small contractors from category four to six so that they can benefit from the on-going infrastructure development projects,” he said.
From : Daily mail
By : NANCY MWAPE
11 November 2013