Chingeni tollgate to raise K4.5 billion annually

Chingeni Toll Plaza project  in Ntcheu district is expected to be raising K4.5 billion annually when completed.

Members of parliment entering the toll plaza

The amount was arrived at after a feasibility study was conducted before construction commenced at the sight and  funds  will be used  for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the country’s roads.

Toll gates are barriers where drivers pay an amount of money to use the road.

Chair for Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Corporations and State Enterprises, Isaac Kaneka attested to the importance of the tollgate to the development of the country.

He said after visiting the site, the committee was satisfied with the progress of the construction work at the site, taking into consideration the fact that Covid-19 slowed the progress of the construction.

Kaneka said the project would benefit Malawians because the money that would be collected at the site would be used for road maintenance across the country.

The Project which commenced in July 2020 was expected to be completed in December 2020, but due to Covid-19 it will be completed in March 2021.

He said the committee would continue monitoring the project even after completion to ensure that there is accountability and transparency of funds realized from the project.

The project works under construction include the following structures, toll islands, canopies, plaza buildings, plant buildings, toll booths inclusive of all internals utilities and the road works.

The K 2 billion tollgate has been facilitated by government through the Roads Authority and the Roads Fund Administration.

Chief Executive officer for the Roads Fund Stewart Malata said the project, along the Blantyre-Lilongwe M1, was scheduled to be completed on December 15 this year but the deadline has been shifted to March 2021.

He said: “The challenges that came with Covid-19 have affected progress here. There were a number of items that are coming from across the borders. However, due to lockdowns especially in South Africa, it has been a big challenge to bring them here.”

Malata bemoaned that the completion delay will mean RFA paying extra costs, though he said the consulting engineer has not finalised the assessment.

He said improved road condition was a key tool to accelerate the country’s economic growth as it improves transportation of agricultural produce, improves trade and increases access to social amenities.

The Chingeni toll plaza is located in Ntcheu District, about 0.5 km just before the Zomba turn-off at Chingeni along the M1 road.

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Banda
Banda
11 months ago

Possibly build a minibus parking area for passenger transfer. Fuel tax was the proper way to support roads. Toll booth will only lead to fraud and further corruption. No doubt a by-pass road will be used by locals.

Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago

This is a welcome project but please do not turn it into a cash cow. Make sure it is automated for vehicle registry at entry or contact, otherwise ma cashier agula ma prado posachedwapa…..

Lawrence Phiri
11 months ago

Good developments implemented by the previous govt. It will help the budget deficit. We need 20 more toll gates all over Malawi roads so that we stop donor funds which comes with hidden exorbitant price tags.

Mdala
Mdala
11 months ago

It’s a completely wrong approach, another stopover after all this road blocks and checkpoint along our poor road system. Instead of building such expensive structures with all their hiccups like maintenance, staff intensive, pluses the security and fraud issues, I would have gone the cheaper way like putting the road levies up on the fuel price and especially for foreigners, on the road user fee at the boarders! To me, toll gates make only sense on highways, extra build for fast traffic, when there are no alternative roads, free of charge along it! Do all the bicycle, animal carts, and… Read more »

Alice
11 months ago

Malawi is coming right now please also do the same in the north and Mwanza. The trucks damage the roads especially the Chiweta rd. Well done Mr President. Make Malawi a great nation to live in.

Peace
Peace
11 months ago

Malawi will regret the construction of this tollgate. Malawi is very far behind economically to start using tollgates. There are many things to put in place before construction of tollgates. Stop copying other countries developments. Instead, analyze your economy and see what fits into your cup. You are busy constructing tollgates instead of roads?

Cairo
Cairo
11 months ago
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And yet we use tollgates when we are in SA, Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe. What nonsense r u talking about it?

Last edited 11 months ago by Cairo
Burton Chokonoka
Burton Chokonoka
11 months ago

What a wasteful expenditure in a poor country where fuel levy is the most efficient way of killing the rat. If more resources are needed, the rates should have just been adjusted accordingly. Someone simply wanted to steal money from the government through award of such a useless project. How much will it cost the country to establish the tollgate.

Chimwene ku Joni
Chimwene ku Joni
11 months ago

If managed properly this can grow a beautiful road network and an improvement in road maintenance in Malawi

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
11 months ago

yes to end up in politicians pockets not forgetting the staff at this gate.
munawaona bwa amai aja from nowhere kungofumphuka kunenpa and see the car type of the car she is driving. you wonder whats happening a ma truck akatuluka mu office and ikamanyamuka io kuponda pa step ya truck ngati akukwera. olo wa bus yaikulu kondakta kuthamanga kulowa mu office bus isaezedwe. timaona and zithuzi muzaziona

Hassan
Hassan
11 months ago

Good development build more toll gates so that city assembly will employ more people build also mangochi turn off

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