Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango has said President Peter Mutharika is expected to launch the National Transport Master Plan (NTMP) on Thusaday in Lilongwe.
Mhango told a news conference on Wednesday that the masterplan is geared toward transforming the country’s transport sector in the next 20 years.
He said President Mutharika is expected to preside over the launching ceremony at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
Mhango said master plan will provide a framework for delivering sustainable interventions towards improving the transport sector across Malawi for a period of 20 years from 2017 to 2037.
“The plan defines infrastructure proposals across multi-modal transport network which covers road, rail way, inland water, civil aviation, rural and urban transport,” Mhango said.
He added that the plan will require about 9.15 billion US dollars from World Bank over a period of 20 years and has identified a number of interventions.
According to Mhango, will also ensure development of a coordinated and efficient transport infrastructure that fosters safe and competitive operation of viable, affordable, equitable and sustainable transport services.
Government says has strategic objectives to reduce costs and prices across in all modes of transport through improved safety of transport infrastructure services, enhanced sustainable passenger and freight transport system.
“There are also plans to extend the railway network into Malawi from posts other than Nacala in order to offer choice and increased competition,” Mhango said.
Through the plan, government will also introduce mass transportation to reduce congestion by constructing an express way between Limbe and Blantyre above Chipembere Highway and increase bypass roads in cities around the central business areas.
“It is our expectation that at the end of the 20-year period, generations to come will reflect on this massive transformation in the transport sector,” Mhango said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :