Poor state of Lusaka roads worries residents

THE poor state of some roads in Lusaka has raised concern among the residents who have since called on the Lusaka City Council to ensure that they work on improving the roads.

The residents have complained that some roads do not have speed humps which have contributed to an increase in the number of road accidents.

They said that road accidents could be reduced if speed humps were erected to monitor speeding drivers.

Richard Daka, a resident of Kamwala, said that the roads in their area do not have speed humps which have become a major source of concern for the residents.

Mr. Daka said that there was urgent need for the council to ensure that the roads had speed humps to reduce the number of road accidents as a result of over-speeding by some drivers.

He said speed humps were important whether in the town centre or in the townships for they made the roads safer for both drivers and the pedestrians.

And Lusaka City Council has disclosed that the funds given to the authority by the National Road Fund Agency were not enough to carry out all road improvement projects in various areas of the city.

LCC public relations manager Habeenzu Mulunda said the council could not complete putting speed humps and markings on some roads due insufficient funds.

Mr. Mulunda said the funds that were given to the authority could not cater for all the roads in the city.

He says the council acknowledges its responsibility of improving the roads by ensuring that they work on potholes, speed humps and markings.

‘’As council we are aware of what we are supposed to do but what is taking us back at the moment is the issue of funds because the agency that funds the council also funds other local authorities so we have to wait till the money is enough for us to go ahead with the works,’’ he said.

Mr. Mulunda said all road works will continue as planned once the council had sufficient money to do the job.-Millennium Radio 90FM


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