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NRFA US$ 1.9 million Chongwe Toll Plaza opens

NRFA US$ 1.9 million Chongwe Toll Plaza opens

December 21
00:20 2017

President Edgar Lungu with Dr Kenneth Kaunda at UNZA Alumni Fundraising Dinner dance at Mulungushi International Conference Centre on Saturday, December 2, 2017 -Picture by EDDIE MWANALEZA

 By Derrick Sinjela and Richard Nyirenda

THE National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) Relations Manager Alphonsius Hamachilais elated that all construction works and road tolling systems at Chongwe Toll Plaza have been completed and road tolling commenced on Monday 4th December 2017.

Mr. Hamachila says Avic International, which constructed the US$ 1.9 million Chongwe Toll Plaza through the Road Development Agency (RDA) had completed all works and handed over the Toll Plaza to NRFA for operations.

Hamachila says the Chongwe Toll Plaza has modern road tolling features which include enhanced security cameras for internal controls, transparency and accountability, vehicle recognition devices, and customer unit fare displays.

NRFA Public Relations Manager Alphonsius Hamachila

“Toll Plaza which will be handling over 2,000 vehicles per day has four service lanes with two servicing Westbound traffic, while the other two will be servicing the East bound traffic. Motorists using the Great East Road must cooperate with the Tolling staff at the Toll Plaza. The NRFA’s operational Efficiency and Service Excellence as the Agency collects Tolls revenue for sustainable road maintenance,” advised Hamachila.

The NRFA has rolled out the application process for Local User Discounts and called on all motorists who reside within a ten Kilometre radius of up to 75 percent or K2 per passage for smaller vehicles and K15 for bigger vehicles.

“To be eligible for the Frequent User Discount, a vehicle, in whose vehicular characteristics fall into an eligible category, shall have to pass through a particular toll station at least ten (10) consecutive times within a thirty (30) day period. Thereafter, the driver of the eligible vehicle shall qualify to be able to pay at Frequent User Discount rate for a closed period of another thirty (30) days,” he said.

FROM RIGHT TO LEFT: Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe, Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga,President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela during the Commissioning of Katuba Toll Plaza on Thursday,April 27,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017

Hamachila says the Chongwe Toll Plaza has become the ninth inland Toll Plaza opened since the beginning of the National Road Tolling Porgramme which covers all vehicle classifications.

Recently the NRFA commenced Road Tolling at simplified Toll Plazas at Chembe in Luapula Province, Kalense and Kateshi in Northern Province to add to the existing Toll Plazas at Katuba, Shimabala, Mumbwa, Manyumbi and Kafulafuta.

It is envisioned that a total of 40 Toll Plazas will be in operation across the country by the end of 2018

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