The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) on Friday, 17th September, 2021 completed the electrification of Luano District. The project which involved construction of 65.6 km of 33kV overhead power line to Luano District and surrounding areas, that was tapped from copper mine substation the 66 kV wayleave to supply HRH Chief Chikupili’s Palace, Kampelembe Rural Health Centre, Kapelembe Primary School, Luano District Commissioner’s Office, Old Mkushi Primary School, Luano District Civic Centre, Luano Rural Health Centre and Nkulamashiba Primary School.
Speaking at a meeting with members of the public at Old Mkushi Primary School, REA Committee Chairperson thanked members of the public for their patience during this long anticipated development in the District. The REA Committee which was formed from the beginning of the project had representatives from Chikupili, Nkulumashiba, Kapelembe and Old Mkushi. The purpose of the committee was to represent the concerns of the people in the mentioned areas. REA officially handed over the project to ZESCO on Friday 17th September, 2021.
Speaking at the same event, the acting District Commissioner Ms. Jessy Mulenga urged members of the public to adhere to safety guidelines for their own well-being. She further encouraged the members to electrify their houses and business premises because this will bring huge development in the District. Lastly, she thanked REA for completing the project.
Luano Town Council District Planning Officer (DPO) who was speaking at the same meeting informed the members on the procedure for getting a consent letter as indicated below:
The Council shall provide the applicants who wish to connect to the voltage power line with following documents:
- A sketch map
- Consent letter (as proof of ownership)
Further in order to normalize the already existing structures, applicants will be required to pay a k300.00 for annexure forms for normalization fees and no client should be allowed to make any payment before producing the above mentioned document.
Veronica R. Samakayi
Public Relations Officer.