Chilima inspects Blantyre City By-pass Road project: Calls for timely funding

Vice-President Saulos Chilima has said government is losing a lot of money when road projects are not well funded or delayed.

Vice President Chilima arrives at the new construction Blantyre Police Station site-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Chilima arrives at the new Blantyre Police Station construction site-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Part of the road inspected by Rt. Hon. Saulos Chilima inspects Blantyre City Bypass road-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Chilima inspects Blantyre City Bypass road-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
CCECC camp site in Blantyre ready to start Blantyre City Bypass road-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Chilima made the remarks on Tuesday when he visited the 97-kilometer Blantyre City By-pass Road to evaluate the progress made so far.

He said it was sad to see that people get compensated when government wants to start a road project but when they see no activity, the same people will start encroaching the land and demand more compensation.

Chilima said projects like the by-pass road are part of national development as such, he meant to appreciate the progress made.

He also to appreciate challenges being faced by the Roads Authority, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Economic Planning and Development and Treasury so that they could sit down and find a solution on how they can fund the project.

The Vice-President also said although the initial works have been done, the main challenge is funding.

“The initial works have been done but the main challenge is funding and it is a 97-kilometre stretch of road for which in the current budget (2020/2021), we provided resources to the extent of K1.2 billion.

“If we continue to fund these projects at that rate, it will take us more than 30 years to finish this road,” he added.

Chilima said it is only fair for a project to last 3 or 4 years so that the citizens can enjoy the fruits of their tax.

He added that he was impressed with the design though, saying if done properly, the road would be of great value.

The Blantyre City By-pass Road initial works started in 2019. It starts from Matindi to Njuli and will have a 7.4m wide carriageway and 2.1m wide shoulders on each of its sides.

The project is funded by Malawi Government and being constructed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Group (CCECG).

 

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Dave van
Dave van
7 months ago

Roads can wait let’s talk of fuel price increase here

Wiza
Wiza
7 months ago
Reply to  Dave van

Already being purchased by now. Back to where the prices were sometime this year.

Jemusi
Jemusi
7 months ago

No need to compensate encroachers. They do that illegally. Please send that message to the PIPO NOW THAT THOSE WHO WILL ENCROACH ON THE RESERVE LAND WILL HAVE THEIR STRUCTURES DEMOLISHED AND NO COMPENSATION WIL BE MADE.

Okay
Okay
7 months ago

Vice president has abandoned reforms

Mabvuto
Mabvuto
7 months ago
Reply to  Okay

Vhitsiru thats part of reform now he is on the ground as minister of planning and development ,mwana wa dadi uyu full of mamina mu ubongo shaaa ,this little Cadet

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
7 months ago
Reply to  Okay

Watopa nazo

Mulopwana
7 months ago

Lets learn to pay contractorz on time basi. No contraxtor want to be on site fir ages due to non payment of IPC. Lets find funds and pay them on time. A hint is there is idle pension funds in the country which we can use as a country to develop so long as we commit to pay back the pensioners with interest. BASI

Benjones87
Benjones87
7 months ago

City roads are in up to normal standard. Pls check

Khima
Khima
7 months ago

Fire Sidik Miya now.

Malembo Folo
Malembo Folo
7 months ago
Reply to  Khima

Why

ERUTU
ERUTU
7 months ago
Reply to  Khima

Ai 🦆

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