Contractor upbeat on Dowa-Salima Road deadline

A hilly rocky landscape and now heavy rains have posed unique challenges for construction of Dowa-Salima Road but the contractor for the project says the road will be ready September 2019 as estimated.

The road will be ready by September 2019 as estimated.

China-Civil Engineering, the constructors for the initially K3.4 billion road made the commitment when it organized a media tour to demonstrate the work which has been done and what would be done.

So far the constructor has completed 4 kilometes of the 14.7 kilometre road and addressing the media, Managing Director for the company, Joe Zhou, said the company has targeted a deadline of September to complete the project.

He said the company has invested in heavy equipment which has been used to tear apart hills to curve out a new straight road and was still on the sight despite the return of heavy rains.

Zhou said such measures will ensure the company completes the project within its 18 month period.

“We thank Malawi government for the support and the people around the area. We are optimistic we will finish in good time and we will give the people of Dowa a very good road,” said Zhou.

In separate interviews, community members expressed delight at the progress of the work and said the community are reaping benefits of social-economic transformation following the opening of the completed parts of the road.

“We were struggling with taking to markets our farm produce and we were struggling especially during rain season like this to even go to hospitals, we are now easily getting transport, more minibuses are operating and the travel time has lessened,” said Manakedwe Kosamu, from Infa Yatonse village,  Traditional Mkupula, Dowa.

Apart from the Dowa road, the Chinese firm recently completed the construction of Dedza-Lobi road.

Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango said government is satisfied with the progress of the project which is expected to improve.people’s lives in communities along the road.

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Kennedy
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Kennedy

These amount of money are not worth 14.7 km. Its one way of stealing method by Dpp. Only few people will be fooled.

Favour of Yahweh
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Wow, really? Tell us how much should it cost to thresh the mountains, build bridges, , to put gravel, and tar. Simply how much should it cost per kilometre. Please give the readers some estimates. So that the readers should not be fooled.

Favour of Yahweh
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Government at work. This is an important road in our country. Mrrrgh. Bomaili lili siliyasi ndi chitukuko.

Kalulu Wadwala
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Kalulu Wadwala

4 kilometres.

Shack
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Shack

Please enlighten me. You mean from Dowa to Salima it’s only 14.7 kilometers? Or is the construction just for a partial of the whole distance? None of this makes sense.

bristol
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The raod is from Dowa Boma to near Mvera at Dowa Boma Turn off along Lilongwe to Salima Road

To God Be The Glory
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To God Be The Glory

It’s the section between Dowa Boma and Dowa T/Off along the Lilongwe- Salima road……

Makwinja
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Makwinja

That’s very good development.Good roads improve the Welfare of the people.Its good that the people of the area are benefiting.Bravo to the Govt.

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder

And still some people don’t see that? They will come here and say this government has done nothing with tax payers money. And again they’ll say this government only focus it’s development in southern region, Is Dowa, Salima southern region?

Favour of Yahweh
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Yeah, because they have chosen to be blind the whole of their life. They can’t appreciate good things. When giving something good , they can’t open their mouth to say “Thank you”. They will drive in the same road and smile, but cannot accept that their is development.

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder

And still some people don’t see that?

Thinktank
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Thinktank

See what?..This mediocre kind of development?…

Alhomwe tsankho
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Alhomwe tsankho

JJ Mbewe do you know how far is Salima from Dowa? 14.7km its not a long distance which can cost gvt up to 3billion this is a new cash gate style. M14 ndi msewu umene Kamuzu adamanga wothera pa Kanengo via mvera ndipo ndiwabwino osati 14.7 km yanuyo ayi. Kamangeni kwanu zimenezo. Kale a drimp ndi amene amatilimira misewu ngati imeneyi imakharaso bwino kwambiri. Koma popeza mudathetsa drimp chifukwa mukumawuza mbava zizanu za ku china kuti zilime kamsewu kammudzi. Ma contractor onse aliku Malawiwa mpaka china? Manyazi akugwireni.

To God Be The Glory
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To God Be The Glory

You don’t know what you are talking about….It’s the road from Dowa Boma to Dowa Turn off along the Lilongwe- Salima road…..

rex
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rex

eeeeeeee chifukwa munthu ukakhala mfiti palibe chabwino umaona