Chipata Municipal Council has refuted claims from former Singo ward councillor Rodgers Mwanza that it has failed to work on a water project at Feni Sub-centre.
Town Clerk Davies Musenge told Breeze News that the claims that the 300,000 Kwacha project has stalled for four years are unfounded.
Mr. Musenge says that the works stalled because the contractor rehabilitating roads within Feni Sub-centre damaged the water pipe.
He says that one tap under the water project is operating and that three more taps will be installed to allow more people access piped water.
Mr. Musenge says that in addition to the broken pipe, Chipata Municipal Council has bought extra pipes using its funds adding that the pipes will be laid soon after the contractor gives a go ahead.
Mr. Musenge says the road where these pipes are supposed to pass has not been opened adding that this has caused delay to complete the project.
Meanwhile local mini bus operators in Chipata have expressed worry over delays by Chipata Municipal Council to put up a bus station and bus stops.
The operators told Breeze News that there is no sanity in the way minibuses are operating in the district.
They complained that the mini buses have no designated station where to operate from in Chipata town.
But Chipata Municipal Council Town Clerk Davies Musenge says construction works have already started where a permanent station will be located.
Mr. Musenge indicated that a contractor engaged to carry out the works is currently constructing a gate at the entrance to the station near Kapata Modern Market.
He says the works will take time to complete before the station opens to minibus operators.
Mr. Musenge says that an ablution block has to be constructed at the station including other facilities such as piped water for public use.
He says bus operators should give time to the local authority to carry out a good work that will benefit the traveling public.