By NATION REPORTER
THE Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has embarked on four main 2018 grid extension projects in Muchinga province, says REA community mobilisation officer Vijue Moonga.
Mr Moonga said the four grid projects would cover 80.2 km and connect all the public institutions such as schools and rural health centres in the project catchment areas.
“Basically in Muchinga Province we have four main grid extension projects that have been targeted for implementation under the 2018 work plan and budget.
“ These are Mwenzo – Waitwika and Shemu in Nakonde ,Musanya grid extension project in Chinsali and Kalungu –Sansamwenje grid extension project in Isoka,” Mr Moonga said
Mr Moonga said once completed the 0.5 km Mwenzo –Waitwika project whose contract has been awarded to Transatlantic Venture Zambia Limited would benefit about 155 private individuals and businesses directly and two schools.
‘‘Then there is also 14.5 km Shemu 2018 grid extension project, this project will connect four rural health centres, and four schools,
“This project will have 6,071 indirect beneficiaries and 148 private business entities will also benefit from this project,’’ Mr Moonga said
Mr Moonga said the 9.2 Musanya 2018 grid extension project will connect three schools and a rural health centre to the national electricity grid once completed.
‘‘The 56 Sansamwenje –Kalungu 2018 grid extension project will connect 10 Schools and 2 rural Health centres 270 private houses and 125 small scale entrepreneurs in Kalungu and surrounding areas.
“This project will have over 12, 000 direct and indirect beneficiaries,’’ Mr Moonga added
Mr Moonga said the four projects were scheduled to be completed within ten months.
Mr Moonga has appealed to beneficiary communities to safe guard the electricity installations against some criminal elements that would want to vandalise them.
Meanwhile, Isoka Residents have commended government for bringing electricity to areas that were not connected to the national electricity grid.
One of the residents Elias Siame of Kalunga said the move will boost the economy of the area through various business initiatives.