The 23 million Kwacha project of constructing 64 roomed student’s hostels at Chipata Trades Training Institute has stalled for about six months.
Clerk of Works, Marko M’tonga confirmed to Breeze News that the works which started in December, 2013 were supposed to be completed in January this year but are still at 52 per cent.
Mr. M’tonga explained that the delay is due to an error in the documents as the contract drawing is showing a four storey building while the Bill of Quantity BOQ is showing a three storey building.
Mr. M’tonga says the Department of Public Infrastructure has now gone back to the tender board requesting the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to authorize the constructing of a fourth floor.
He says the contractor, ZAMINLINY Investment Limited will resume the works when authority is given by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training.
And Mr. Mtonga says government has paid over 11 million kwacha out of about 23 million kwacha to the contractor carrying out the project.
He says once completed, the hostel will have a capacity of 248 bed space for the students.