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Govt collects K1.9 bn from toll gates



Government has collected over One Point Nine Billion Kwacha from toll gates since the project started in 2013.


Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development Charles Mushota says in 2017 alone Government raised 6-hundred and 67 point 6 million Kwacha from toll fees, recording a 98 percent achievement.


This was against a projected annual budget of 6-hundred and 82 Million Kwacha.


Mr. Mushota says this figure represents a 44 percent increase from the 4-hundred and 64 point 7 Million Kwacha toll fees collected in 2016.


He has attributed the increase in toll fees collection to introduction of value proposition such as local user discount and frequent user discount.


Mr. Mushota said this in a statement released to ZNBC News in Lusaka by Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development, Jeff Banda.


And Mr. Mushota says the annual target for 2018 is to collect 8-hundred and 45 million Kwacha in tolls which is a projected growth of about 26.5 percent from the actual toll collections of 2017.


He said government is optimistic that this target will be met and surpassed as the Road Development Agency (RDA) and the National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) have ambitious objectives to roll out additional toll plazas.


Mr. Mushota said Government’s long-term goal is to raise a minimum of ONE billion Kwacha annually in form of road tolls.


On Monday evening this week, Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela when he appeared on ZNBC TV1 Government Forum Television programme announced that Government collected 5-hundred and 30 Million Kwacha from toll fees from January to September in 2017.


And last year, the Minister announced that from November 2013 to September 2016, Government collected 1.1 billion Kwacha from toll fees.

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