All ‘unplanned’ structures in Lusaka to be demolished

All ‘unplanned’ structures in Lusaka to be demolished

A fly over bridge at the heart of Lusaka

The PF regime is about to start major demolitions of buildings they deem unplanned in Lusaka.

The demolitions will start abruptly once the government has found a company with appropriate equipment for the demolition of thousands of building in Lusaka.

According to a government advert in draft form seen by the Watchdog, the demolitions will be in four phases.

Phase one will be the demolition of structures, permanent or temporary, erected and/or affixed within 50 meters on either side of the national railway line from independence avenue Overpass Bridge near the COMESA traffic circle southwards to Lilayi siding near Lilayi Police College.

Phase two will be the demolition of structures permanent or temporary, erected and/or affixed within 50 meters on either side of the ZESCO  132 kilovolt (kv) overhead high tension electricity pylons from Lilayi siding northwards up to Kamwala level crossing near downtown shopping mall.

Phase three will be the demolition of structures permanent or temporary, erected and/or affixed within 20 meters on either side of the Lusaka Water and Sewerage bulk water pipe from Kafue water intake at Iolanda waterworks through Lilayi, Kamwala south and Libala townships up to the Libala water collection and treatment plant.

The project is about to commence as government is now just looking for the company to undertake the demolitions.

Thousands of people are set to lose homes and businesses in the process but the PF regime in its usual chaotic way of handling things is not explaining exactly what will happen to affected houses and business owners that will lose out.

According to information obtained by the Watchdog, bidding information will be provided in the press soon.

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