ZAMBIA_MAPA Japanese firm has shown willingness to build a bridge across the Zambezi river in Luangwa District to enhance trade in the area.

Luangwa District Commissioner, Eunie Mumba, said this when a delegation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)and Road Development Agency (RDA) officers visited him at his office to find out the viability of the bridge in the area.

Mr Mumba, who expressed happiness after he was informed by RDA Regional Manager, Gilbert Nkweto, who was accompanied by Benny Kashimoto, an engineer with RDA, that JICA has shown willingness to construct a bridge across the Zambezi river to connect Luangwa and Zimbabwe, said the project was very much welcome as it would change the face of the District.

He said once the bridge is built it will decongest other border towns such as Chirundu and create employment for the people.

The District Commissioner said the project was viable economically as it will enhance a lot of developments for both countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Mr Mumba said the district was grateful to government because within the two years that it has been in power a lot of developments have happened in the district, among them the tarring of the Luangwa D145 main road and connection to the National Electricity Grid which is on course.

He thanked JICA for showing interest in putting the bridge in the district, saying the infrastructure will compliment the two big projects and enhance development in the district and the people were eager to see development.

Meanwhile, the JICA team told the District Commissioner that they had heard how viable the bridge would benefit the people of Luangwa and the country at large but appealed to RDA to avail them with the terms of reference for the feasibility study.

The JICA team, which comprised of Janichi Kawase, the Project Formulation Advisor, Atsushi Nakagawa, Deputy Resident Representative and Yosei Suzuku, Assistant Resident Representative, said they will still want to find out more on the economic impact of the bridge and the traffic volume for them to make comments.

From : Lusakatimes.com

25 November 2013