K400 million for Blantyre City  street lights

The Road Fund Administration (RFA) has committed to provide Blantyre City Council (BCC) with K400 million to light up the Masauko Chipembere Highway in Malawi’s commercial capital, Blantyre.

Kasunda: City to rehabilitate streets lights

Kasunda: City to rehabilitate streets lights

The Council has been mobilizing resources to rehabilitate street lights on the Chipembere Highway and this project is expected to run for five months, according to BCC Public Relations Manager Anthony Kasunda.

“Indeed the Council has negotiated a funding agreement with RFA to the tune of K400 000. The Council will contribute something to this amount on a cost sharing arrangement. The project is expected to run for five months,” said Kasunda.

He said the Council is committed to rehabilitating street lights in the in the City and urged Blantyre residents to support the initiative by protecting such facilities.

“We ask Blantyre residents to support the initiative by protecting the facilities that will be installed on this road and all other roads in the City.

“As you might be aware, we have used part of the K1.8 billion from government to rehabilitate street lights on Kandodo Cornershop to Kameza roundabout, Kwacha roundabout to Kudya via MBC TV, Catholic Institute (CI) to Greencorner and Sunnyside to Manyowe Township. We have a duty all of us, a people of Blantyre to protect these facilities from vandals,” said Kasunda.

On rehabilitation and upgrading or roads in the City, the Council has issued deadlines for the contractors to complete their expected works within the contract periods.

Kasunda said the Council’s Engineering Department, which he said has qualified civil engineers, is monitoring construction works for contractors not compromise standards.

“It is not about deadlines, it is about reminding them of the contract periods. Every contract has period of execution,” said Kasunda.

Government gave the Council K1.8 billion to upgrade some roads in the City.

The roads which are expected to be upgraded in Blantyre are Chilomoni ring road, Chimseu to Magalasi, Living Waters to Zion, Landrover Chirimba to Magalasi, Mugabe Highway to Mpingwe and Angelogoveya to Manje.

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9 thoughts on “K400 million for Blantyre City  street lights”

  1. Go & Ask says:

    Indeed it is a good news, but it’s important to analise before, because others they do it propositerly forgetting that Malawi is for all. Don’t use politic to vandalise things, I will be happy to see Malawi developing calmly.

  2. Mkwichikwichi says:

    We must commend the BCA for the effort of upgrading some of the mentioned roads. You should have bylaws that BCA should have its own police. Becoz what happens is, BCA hires police to chase/ catch vendors around the city, the police is paid, when yot catch the vendor, s/he is handed over to police, when they take that vendor to court, and the court slap him/her with a fine, its the police that benefit double, or the police officer will ask that vendor to give him something to release him. City Assemblies loose double even tripple becoz they also patrol using City Assembly vehiles. Mr PRO, how about the Machinjiri road that joins the Zomba road? When is it going to be tarmarked? What is the budget electricity bills? Who will be paying? Also send us some graders to upgrade the residential roads in Machinjiri, send us the city rates statement and then you can be coming to demmand the moneys

  3. Bwande says:

    Put in place something that will add beauty to the city. Osati kuyima ma poles ngati a ma street lights a ku Lilongwe. Kungoyika bola chaima komatu mopotokapotoka ngati kuti chigwa. Be smart and maintain standards

  4. Jalavikuba says:

    This is GOOD NEWS indeed….the Chipembere Highway has never had a status until this announcement. Having said that, I really do not know what the bye laws state regarding vandalism. Many are times vehicles ram into street light poles and they never get repaired. Yet all those vehicles finally register the accident with traffic police and I would assume they are insured. Can BCC not recover costs of replacing street lights in such events through the insurer of the involved vehicle/ car?
    ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT STREET LIGHTS WOULD TREMENDOUSLY IMPROVE SAFETY AND SECURITY!!

  5. Omex70 says:

    Good news, but apart from vandalism, who will pay for the electricity? What does a rehabilitated streetlight system helps without a buget to run it!.
    Best examples are the Mzuzu street lights! This hopeless useless city council even fails to run it’s internal affairs! It seems: To hide in the dark have its advantages tooo….!

  6. FODYA ETI says:

    What about the road to DR Kamponde clinic in railways, do you want patient with fructure to travel that bumpy road with tobbaco tracks?

  7. chete says:

    THREE SUGGESTIONS TO BCC:
    1. DONT JUST TALK ABOUT LOOKING AFTER STREETS LIGHTS FACILITIES ON NYASA TIMES. PLEASE GOON AIR. USE TV STATIONS, RADIOS, ETC SO THAT YOU CAN COMMUNICATE TO THE LARGER PUBLIC.

    2. BCC SHOULD CONSIDER HAVING ITS OWN POLICE AS OTHER CITIES WE HAVE VISITED DO. THESE POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE PATROLLING AND BELIEVE ME, IT WILL HELP MINIMIZE CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES. AROUND MIDNIGHT OUR STREETS ARE COMPLETELY DESERTED AND THIS IS WHY THIEVES TAKE ADVANTAGE TO START VANDALIZING PROPERTY. WE NEED A 24 HOUR CITY OF BLANTYRE. LIGHTS AND SECURITY IS THE WAY TO GO.
    3. IDENTIFY AN AREA FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO BRING INTERTAINMENT FACILITIES THAT WILL RUN AROUND THE CLOCK

    4. MAKE SURE THE STREETS LIGHTS ALONG MASAUKO CHIPEMBERE MATCH WITHTHE ROAD TYPE. I WOULD BE SURPRISE IF YOU BRING SUB-STANDARD POLES ON THIS ROAD.

    ALL THE BEST BCC.

  8. therere says:

    good news, let us not vandilise these things

  9. task force says:

    What are about the roads within areas or locations ?who is going to fix those?

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