40 houses are ready for distribution to Lumbo villagers in Kazungula after plans to construct a permanent bridge at the Botswana boarder started.
According to the District Commissioner of Kazungula Pascalina Musokotwane, the 40 houses and a school would be handed over to the villagers next month.
Civil works on the bridge comprise of construction of a 923 by 18.5 metres rail bridge, two boarder one stop facilities, access roads and ramps across the Zambezi River.
The multibillion dollar project will help boost trade and other economic activities in Southern Africa.
In March, three companies were shortlisted for the construction bid of the permanent bridge at Kazungula border. The three companies, which were part of twenty six other entries, were China Major Bridge Engineering Corporation, Dewoo E and R, and Shimizu-Stefanuti Joint Venture.
The ground breaking ceremony of the bridge in Kazungula will take place in August and will serve as a link between the country and Botswana.
Main financers of the project will be the Governments of Zambia and Botswana, African Development Bank (AFDB), and Japan International Cooperation Agency.