By Michael Kaluba
The Consortium of Local Contractors and Allied Suppliers on the Copperbelt has revealed intentions to engage main contractors for a possible review of the Bill of Quantities –BOQS- and rates for the works under the 20% sub-contracting policy following recent price hikes effected on materials such as cement.
Consortium President John Chilupula told Phoenix News in an interview that the consortium remains optimistic that an agreement could be reached on the matter especially on the amounts that will have huge variances.
Mr. Chilupula laments that with the high cost of materials such as cement on the market, most local contractors may already be operating at a loss.
He has however charged that despite the increase in the cost of construction materials and transport, local contractors must deliver quality works to enhance their capabilities and reputation.
Along with electricity and fuel, cement prices were recently hiked by about 20%, prompting the Kitwe chamber of commerce and industry to call for a review on local contractors BoQS to help sustain their operations.
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