Kitwe City Council Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Lupikisha, says the local authority has spent over K1.3 million to install solar street lights in major highways in Kitwe.
“Recently we undertook a project to install solar-powered street lights along Central Street and the Kitwe – Ndola Dual CarriageWay, at a total cost of K1,372,000,” Lupikisha said in a statement on Wednesday.
He observed that the project, which was funded using 2023 locally generated revenue, had been ongoing for 12 weeks, with 90 percent of works already completed.
To date,Lupikisha narrated that a total of 42 street lights have been installed on the Kitwe-Ndola dual carriage and 36 street lights on Central Street respectively.
“The council’s aims at installing solar-powered street lights to ensure the availability of lighting in the streets even during load shedding, while also saving on costs that would otherwise be spent on buying units to support the operations of the street lights,” he said.
However, he reported that one street light pole on the dual carriage way was hit by a motor vehicle and had since been removed from the site.
The local authority urged members of the public, especially motorists, to take care of the investment.
“Drivers should adhere to the speed limits specified by existing laws to prevent accidents that could lead to the destruction of street light poles,” Lupikisha stated.
He further called on members of the public to report any suspicious activities aimed at vandalizing the street lights or stealing any parts of a street light pole.
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