PREPARATIONS for the forth coming United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly have intensified as the council in the tourist capital receives moneys for various developmental projects.
Livingstone City Council (LCC) Acting Public Relations Manager Emmanuel Sikanyika said in an interview with the Lusaka Star that LCC has received K118 Billion from the government to rehabilitate and construct about 20 roads in Livingstone.
He however said the money that was released by government for the roads was less than what the council had asked for, stating that there might be a minimal reduction in the number of roads to be done.
“The contractor called Enyasi Contractors have being contracted to do the said roads and is already on site. Since the money we received was less than what we had asked for, there will be a minimal reduction with regards to how many roads will be done. Probably one or two roads will not be done,” he sated.
And Mr. Sikanyika revealed that a further K1 Billion and K50 Million had also been received to construct three ablution blocks around Livingstone’s Town Centre area.
He explained that the already existing public toilets are not enough to carter for the ever increasing population in Livingstone.
Mr. Sikanyika said the sites for the new ablution blocks have already being sited adding that engineers are working on designs of the new ablution blocks.
He revealed that LCC will take advantage of the UNWTO to transform Livingstone into a tourist destination.
The Public Relations Manager said these projects are not just for the UNWTO but are there to benefit the people of Livingstone.
“We are handling multiple projects at the same time and as for us LCC, we have taken up this as a good challenge. We have to ensure that we respond to the plight of the public and take advantage of this money so that come 2013 for the UNWTO, Livingstone will be ready,” said Mr. Sikanyika.
Mr. Sikanyika said K3 Billion was also set aside for the construction of a new Bus Terminus near the Villa Grounds.
He called on the members of the public and the cooperate world to support the projects that the council has undertaken.
Mr. Sikanyika also revealed that K2.5 Billion had also being released for the demolition and upgrading Livingstone’s Town Centre Market to an ultra modern market.
He said preparations for the demolition are underway and a number of places had being reserved for Town Centre Market traders to trade from.
“Among the areas that have been identified for traders to trade from is the New COMESA building and the place owned by the scouts,” he added.
And Mr. Sikanyika has since challenge the media to report on the preparations for the UNWTO so that people can be informed and be able to participate in the preparations.