K2.9 billion collected from Toll Gates in 2023, disbursed for Road Projects.

 

The National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) collected K2.9 billion from Toll Gates in 2023 against the revenue target of K2.3 billion representing a 15 percent increase compared to the previous year of 2022 where a total of K2.5 billion was collected.

In a statement availed to the media in Lusaka, NRFA Public Relations Manager Alphonsius Hamachiila said the revenue was disbursed for road projects and related activities undertaken by the Road Development Agency (RDA), Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development with most of the monies being channelled to clearing arrears owed to road contractors and consultants.

Mr. Hamachila said the NRFA processed a total number of 26 million vehicle transactions at all Toll Gates cross the country registering an increase of about 7.8 percent compared to 24 million recorded in the year 2022.

A total of 8 million transactions were processed from foreign registered motor vehicles resulting in a total revenue collection of K1 billion while in 2022 only 2 million vehicle transactions under this category were processed with a total revenue of K370 million.

He said the NRFA which also collects road sector revenue from fuel levy, government appropriations, loans and grants disbursed K1.7 billion for maintenance of urban and feeder roads across the country and over K1 billion for the rehabilitation and upgrading of roads across the 10 provinces of Zambia, among other disbursements.

Some of the major road projects financed during the year included K240 million for the upgrading and rehabilitation of selected urban roads in Lusaka, K87 million for the rehabilitation of the Mongu Limulunga Road in Western Province K86 million for the upgrading of Chiengi – Kaputa Road in Luapula province.

The upgrading of 100-kilometer Mwinilunga to Jimbe Road in Northwestern Province got K44 million, K28 million was spent on the Kafue Hook Bridge in Central Province, K21 million for periodic maintenance of feeder roads in Lufwanyama on the Copperbelt Province and K43 million for the upgrading of Mpika-Nabwalya – Mfuwe Road in Muchinga Province.

Others are 27 million for the periodic maintenance of Livingstone Sesheke Road in Western Province, Emergence works on Chipata-Lundazi, Katete Chanida and Ngoze Culvert embankment in Eastern Province got Road got K20 million while while K24 million was expended on the emergence maintenance of Lukulu Bridge in Chinsali, Muchinga Province among others.

The NRFA will continue working with implementing Agencies and institutions as Government leverages on the National Road Tolling programme to sustainably finance road infrastructure development in the country within the framework of the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).

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