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Blantyre & Lilongwe roads to be expanded

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The Malawi government has made public its plan to expand roads in the country’s two major cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe.

According to the Minister of Transport and Public Works some roads are earmarked for expansion whilst others will be turned into one way roads instead of dual roads.

“Lilongwe has adequate land for road extension. In Blantyre most of the roads are near buildings, nevertheless government will improvise ways to go about the challenge,” Francis Kasaila said.

Kasaila made the revelation on September 10 in the capital Lilongwe.

He restated that road construction projects should be given on merit and to qualified construction companies.

“In the past, some construction companies would quixotically undercharge money intended for a road project so that they should win tenders but at the end of the day, they build roads that are not of high standard which develop potholes within few months,” explained Kasaila.

Kasaila said: “Such kind of constructors would stall road projects because they start demanding more money than estimated for the projects so to go back to donors and start asking for more money was uncalled for.”

He said eligible contractors that would want to win contracts should have proper feasibility studies on roads that are to be built and should also come up with estimations that are realistic.

The minister added that it is within government’s immediate goal that all stalled road projects across the country are completed sooner than later.

“Government is on the verge of conducting feasibility studies of other roads around the country.”

The projects include Rumphi- Nyika, Mkanda, Lirangwe-Chingale, Chikwawa-Chapananga, and Thabwa-Muona roads and those that were damaged by floods.

Other projects that stalled are the Mzuzu-Nkhatabay, Zomba-Jali, Thyolo-Thekerani and Chikwawa-Chapananga roads.

He added that some of the road projects that had stalled would be completed as early as December, 2015 one of which was the 53-kilometre Jenda-Edingeni Road.

“Roads which stalled due to funding will be completed because government has managed to source funding for them,” Kasaila said.

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