THE quality of works on the Buntungwa Road in Kabwe by Asphalt Roads Zambia Limited (ARZ) has been described as a big disappointment and Mayor Richard Bango has called for the re-doing of the street as it has already developed potholes barely a year after it was built.
Speaking after inspecting the project on Monday, Mr Bango described the works as shoddy and a waste of Government resources.
He put the blame on the contractor and the engineers assigned to inspect the works.
“This is very disappointin. We have spent a lot of money on this road but just within a year it has developed such potholes,
“We are even lucky that we don’t have a lot of rains otherwise the whole road could have become impassable; so I demand that the entire road be redone,” said Mr. Bango.
The ayor’s remarks were echoed by a number of motorists who said that the bad state of roads was making the maintenance of their cars costly because of constant damage to the vehicles.
The motorists also complained that the quality of the paint used for the road markings was poor as it has started fading out and was dangerous especially to new users. ARZ management could not be immediately reached for a comment. Government in 2012 awarded the contract to do 34 kilometres of roads in Kabwe and Kapiri to ARZ. Buntungwa was one of the roads listed for works because of its strategic purposes.
After completion of the 34 kilometres, the company was also awarded a further contract to do some township roads within the district.