Chilima inspects Ntcheu-Tsangano road construction: ‘Secure 80 percent funding for new projects’

Government has hinted that new projects need to secure 80 percent of total funding before its commencement if implementation time frames are to be achieved.

Vice President Saulos Chilima inspects Ntcheu Tsangano raod construction on Sunday (C)Govati Nyirenda
Vice President Saulos Chilima inspects Ntcheu Tsangano raod construction on Sunday (C)Govati Nyirenda
Roads Authority CEO Emamanuel Matapa briefs Vice President Saulos Chilima on the progress of Ntheu Tsangano road construction project on Sunday.(C)Govati Nyirenda (4)

Vice President, Saulos Chilima made the observation Sunday when he toured Ntcheu-Tsangano-Mwanza road to appreciate progress being made by contractors, Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Engineers Battalion.

He observed that most projects were missing deadlines due to financial constraints which need to be addressed if the country was to make progress.

Chilima said the Ntcheu-Tsangano-Mwanza road had faced similar challenges and complication of management structure of the project which delayed the progress for almost eight months.

“We will not make progress if our projects continue to receive small portion of funding which has negatively affected the implementation of the road project,” he added.

The Vice President commended MDF Engineers Battalion for committing themselves to ensure that the 21 km stretch would be completed by August, 2021.

Chilima noted that quality of works for the road has been very impressive and there was need to continue encouraging contractors to build roads tom last long.

He said the road project provides an opportunity to improve economic status of the corridor since it connects Mwanza through to Blantyre.

The Vice President said the contractor had to overcome some challenges they were facing citing the use of old equipment but now they have procure new ones which has helped improve progress.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Roads Authority, Emmanuel Matapa said the project involves the upgrading works from earth to bitumen standard of approximately 140 km of road section from Biriwiri to Mwanza.

He said the project would be executed in a phased approach with fist covering a distance of 21 km from Biriwiri to Kambilonjo.

Mapata said the Ntcheu-Tsangano-Mwanza road would be constructed equaling international corridor standards.

He said once the road is finished truck drivers coming from Mwanza border would use the road as a short cut to Lilongwe unlike using the Zalewa road.

“The road project has delayed for sometimes due low capacity and funding of the project. Progress has been made now and the quality of the roads is very impressive,” Matapa said.

The CEO said the 140 km road only earth works have covered 21 km with 8 km has been surfaced.

The road project commenced on April 3, 2018 was scheduled to run for 18 months until September 25, 2019 but completion date was revised to November 30, 2020.

The physical progress is at 55 percent with a contacting sum of K 9.6 billion.

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Pewani
Pewani
7 months ago

Ma cadet mwagundika kunyoza zosayenera kunyoza. Mbuzi za anthu.Agologolo, mileme yeniyeni

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

APM was just starting projects for campaign purposes. That is why most of them were taking too long. When people are fed up with a bad government they don’t change their minds.

Wilfred
Wilfred
7 months ago

It’s very appreciative

Mdala
Mdala
7 months ago

What is What? Do we talking here about 140km or 21 km? 21km finished in August 2021 and started in April 2018?
For what is now the 9.6 billion and 55%?
My dear writer, it sounds to me very weird and gives lots of space for even more speculations? I wish you could be next time more investigative and clear, like this your presenration is poor!

phiri
7 months ago

tayamba anu anyowani, inde awo yenderani koma anu NANGA ALI KUTI? KUMANGOTOKOKA BASI. THATS WHT ANAWABWENZA AT A CERTAIN LODGE COZ HE WENT WITHOUT INVITATION SHAME ON YOU ABWANA

Aub
Aub
7 months ago

Tatopa nao ma boza anu a Chilima.ma Theory okha! Palibe chomwe mukuchita koma empty promises time and again.mumudziwe Yesu

Kambewa ngozo
7 months ago
Reply to  Aub

Foseki
I know who is sending you to write shity stuff

Mulopwana
7 months ago
Reply to  Aub

What we need is proper funding to roads projects. Not TALK. ANYONE CAN MAKE PROMISES INCLUDING MYSELF

Nandi
Nandi
7 months ago

I Know Who My President Is!!!!!

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