President Chakwera’s development vision, ring roads, malls to face-lift Lilongwe

Lilongwe will soon undergo a massive face-lift, thanks to the proposed Lilongwe eastern and western ring roads of total 138 km of length and construction of toll gates and shopping malls.

According to a Roads Authority pre-feasibility study report, the proposed stretch of the ring roads passes through Nathenje – Nalikule – Lumbadzi – Chitipi – Likuni – Bunda back to Nathenje, thereby connecting M14 and M12 from the east and western side of Malawi, respectively.

The Lilongwe eastern ring road and western ring road project is part of the Malawi National Transport Master Plan 2017 – 2037 goals for improved road services to cater for other industries.

Director of Information – Chikumbutso Mtumodzi

President Lazarus Chakwera said in Parliament recently that transport infrastructure and public works have been identified as accelerators of economic activities, and that there can be no exchange of goods and services without transport infrastructure.

The implementation of the proposed routes will boost economic activities and create employment within the project implementation area and for other skilled workers across the country. The route will also divert traffic from northern part of Malawi and Southern part of Malawi from using Lilongwe city routes thereby reducing traffic congestion.

“The benefits of the Project are multi-fold. It will substantially reduce the travel time between motorists travelling from and to north and southern part of Malawi. In addition to the improved connectivity, it will also provide a boost to the economic status of the villages and towns falling in the dedicated Project area.

“Overall improvement will be expected in local area in terms of better connectivity to economic, social and political hubs of the country; faster growth and outreach to better and improved facilities; fast and safe connectivity resulting in savings in fuel, travel time and total transportation cost; development in mining sector; reduction in accidents; better approach to medical and educational services; faster transportation of perishable goods like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products; better opportunities for transporting, processing and marketing of agricultural products; and indirect and direct employment opportunity to people from all skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled streams,” reads the report.

Additionally, the report says there will be development of backward areas through rapid industrialization, access to distant markets, and creation of ancillary ecosystem through highway amenities, support services and industrial and manufacturing areas.

The proposed ring roads are in line with the Malawi vision 2063 agenda to have “world-class, well maintained and expanding road network connecting the urban and rural areas to local and international markets”.

The proposed project is in feasibility study stage and after study and the granting of terms of reference (ToRs), a detailed project report (DPR) shall be completed. The DPR shall comprise of the planning brief, including planning concept, land use planning, assessment of infrastructure demand, and amenities and facilities.

Proposed Infrastructure

There is proposed areas for industrial site along the proposed routes. These include agricultural industrial sites where farm produce can be processed into finished products for the urban markets. The proposed ring road can transform a total of 26,000 hectares of land into industrial sites.

Residential areas

The proposed road alignment passes through a total of 3,000 hectares of land agricultural area and trading of Makalani, Mpelani, Malande and Manondo. These areas have a potential of being developed into residential plots where urban houses can be constructed for the town dwellers.

Shopping Malls

There are four proposed shopping malls under the project.

These are the Chitipi Mall, Lumbadzi Mall, Nathenje Turn-off Mall and Nalikule Turn-off Mall. Each of these shopping malls shall feature 23 shops, banks, concept houses, food courts, restaurants, coffee shops, a service station and curio shops. The malls promise to offer a brighter shopping experience for local residents and tourist visiting Lilongwe’s beauty on both sides of the city.

Additionally, the project will also promote urban restructuring, sustainable communities, and environmental and economic sustainability.

Social infrastructure

Bus and truck lay-by and rest areas with toilet facilities shall be developed along the proposed project in consultation with stakeholders.

Greenbelt will be developed on both sides of the highway. Compensatory afforestation and avenue plantation will be undertaken on both sides of the highway for landscape improvement and increasing the aesthetic quality.

Lilongwe is the capital and most populated city of the African country of Malawi. It has a population of 989,318 as of the 2018 Census, up from a population of 674,448 in 2008. In 2020 that figure was 1,122,000. The city’s population is increasing rapidly, with an annual growth rate of 4.3%.

The city is located in the central region of Malawi. It borders with Mozambique and Zambia, and it is an important economic and transportation hub for central Malawi.

Disclaimer: The author is a Government Director of Information writing in his own capacity.

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Noxy
2 months ago

Zamkamwa zopanda ntchito DPP inapanga kale these just implement them no need for publicity.We are tired of fruitless talk.We just want to see graders,bulldozers on sites.

Frank
Frank
2 months ago
Reply to  Noxy

Zinazi taziyamikani

Paul Mtoliro
Paul Mtoliro
2 months ago

All we hear is about Lilongwe and Lilongwe and always Lilongwe. All other cities and areas need face lift. Let alone Blantyre which serves the most populated region, southern region. What are statistics for? Kamuzu made Lilongwe the capital of Malawi but maintained Blantyre’s dignity. He even built Chayamba house there. He knew that he still needed to win the hearts of the people in the south. Even Bingu noticed this and moved MUST to the South,. He even wanted to build the national stadium in Blantyre. Tangoyerekezani kusamutsa madepartment anima atsala ku Blantyre ndi ku Zombawa and forget about… Read more »

Nzerunchuma
Nzerunchuma
2 months ago

Demeti! You haven’t even started the BT bypass and u r already talking about LL bypass.Stop it.

My Opinion
My Opinion
2 months ago

If i may congratulate bad wishers, i would not forget the comments below, you are such useless to the community and or to the societies! full of brain surgeries and disabled mind hahahahahah! is Lilongwe not Malawi? we are doing it with you or without you! Chakwera, lets do this!!! onve m,bebe anthu opanda chitikuko koma kubelekana ngati njuchi!

Assange WikiLeaks
2 months ago

Development benefits all of us regardless of political connections but kadeti ali busy kunyoza. Anyway dpp sidzabweranso. I am not worried.

Bauleni
Bauleni
2 months ago

In other words Chakwera will be doing dpp projects and claiming them as his? Kupusa basi

Mdziwi
Mdziwi
2 months ago

Dreams , promises and plans are not enough. What happened to 1 million jobs? Ntchito za manja ake zimuchitire umboni.

Banda
Banda
2 months ago

Good the Minister of Information has a sense to dream this is only a proposal with likely a 10 – 15 year time frame for completion even though it is required now. Would like to hear what the President will do now to improve the life of Malawians. Always just talking about dreams and visions with out action reminds me about the false prophets.

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
2 months ago

National development or Lilongwe development? Building malls for people with no disposable income. We need national projects not city facelifts that can be done by a mayor. Chakwera must stick to his manifesto, leave small projects like malls to the private sector. Where have you ever heard of a mall being a government project? A mall is a, private sector driven initiative against the background of a flourishing economy. Otherwise this is another Lower Shire Inland port in the making.

Jima
2 months ago

Why can’t the president talk about constructing important roads such like, Salima Dwangwa Road, and lilongwe Kasungu road which have been neglected for decades, rather than talking about building city malls which really is not a benefit for most malawians. Have also some visions for the poor to benefit not only the supper rich and the middle class. Then you can be classified as the president with real vision.

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
2 months ago
Reply to  Jima

There are roads which are not even talked about but are very benefiting the poor. I am talking of Katete or some call it Chihaula Road. This road connects M5 from Kasitu to Champhira on M1.

The shortest route for those travelling from Dwangwa to Mzimba, Jenda and Chikangawa just to mention but a few.

Richie
2 months ago

Oh no
Please talk about power generation and water availability in the whole country not that

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