President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera says his Administration is set to commence construction and rehabilitation of road projects across the country.
Dr. Chakwera said the MI road from Kamuzu International Airport [KIA] junction to Mzimba turn off and from Kacheche to Chiweta will be rehabilitated at an estimated cost of 195 million Euros.
In 2015, the Louton Consultants of Scotland carried out physibility study of the M1 road from Kamuzu International Airport [KIA] junction to Mzimba turn off saying the road will be 11 meters wide, 2 meters will be reserved for pedestrians.
According to the Engineers, the road was divided into three phases: phase one from KIA Junction to Bua, second phase, from Bua to Jenda and third phase from Jenda to Mzimba turn-off saying the road will be similar to the same M1 road from 6 Miles in Lilongwe to Nsipe in Ntcheu.
Chiefs along this road already sensitized their subjects that in areas where the Road Reserve Boundary [RRB] was erected finding a maize garden, compensation will be received and where the maize garden found the RRB, no compensation.
It was also discovered that the trading centres most likely to be heavily affected are where shops have been constructed very close to the road such as Lumbadzi, Mponela and Madisi, and the owners will receive no compensation.
Speaking during the opening of budget session for 2021/2022 financial year in Parliament, President Dr. Chakwera said his administration will expand the dual carriage way of the M1 road from Crossroads roundabout to Alimaunde in Kanengo and the dual carriage of the M1 road section between Lilongwe Hotel and Lilongwe CCAP road section.
Dr. Chakwera said the Kenyatta Drive and Mzimba street will be expanded to six lanes, saying the other road to be rehabilitated is Nsipe to Liwonde road and construction of Toll Plazas on the M1 Road at Chingeni in Ntcheu district and Kalinyeke in Dedza district.
He said the M7 Road will be upgraded from Dzaleka-Ntchisi-Mpalo-Malomo road to paved road covering a distance of 70 Kilometers as well as the M5 Balaka market-Kaphatenga-Dwangwa-Mukwiya in Nkhatabay.
The President said as Government’s effort to ensure quality infrastructure in the country, his Administration, among other measures, is revising the National Construction Industry Act of 1996 and its subsidiary regulations to be in line with African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.
“…My Administration is determined to bring back the glory that our flagship airline once enjoyed before finalizing the establishment of the Malawi Civil Aviation Authority to regulate the Air-Transport sub sector…,’’ said Dr. Chakwera.
He added his Administration will resuscitate the Sena Corridor Railway from the port of Beira in Mozambique to Limbe, saying this will involve rehabilitation and upgrading of the 201 Km Limbe-Marka railway section.
The President stated his Administration will also finalize the construction works on a MK10 Billion port at Likoma island which will include a landing facility at Chizumulu island in addition to improvements of earth roads with Likoma community Island.
By Vincent Gunde