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SIX-LANE ROAD PROJECT KICKS OFF AS CHAKWERA DEMONSTRATES DETERMINATION TO DELIVER ON PROMISES

Malawi to witness modern infrastructure terrain under Chakwera administration

It was on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 when Chakwera toured the K7.6 billion Area 18 Cloverleaf Traffic Interchange located at the site of the then Area 18 Roundabout which has an upper road from Parliament Roundabout to Bingu National Stadium which was upgraded to dual carriageway.

He announced a K13 billion six-lade carriage from Parliament Roundabout through Kamuzu Central Roundabout to Shoprite/Nico Centre.

He stated that the project was part of Government’s efforts to reduce traffic congestion especially in the country’s cities.

Indeed, travelling between the City Centre and Shoprite in Lilongwe during peak hours makes one feel upbeat for this road expansion project.

However, the announcement last year did not receive much attention and excitement particularly because people became accustomed to hearing such promises from politicians which only turned out to be empty all the time.

However, it appears that with the Chakwera administration, Malawians can now reconfigure their trust in the government as the six-lane road project ground works are set to commence before September.

Chakwera’s administration has outlined a number of ambitious road projects across the country saying good road network does not only ease mobility, but also catalyses development in a country.

Among other projects, Chakwera administration is determined to reconstruct the MI road from Kamuzu International Airport [KIA] junction to Mzimba turn off and from Kacheche in Mzimba to Chiweta in Rumphi at an estimated cost of 195 million Euros.

In 2015, the Louton Consultants of Scotland carried out feasibility study of the M1 road from Kamuzu International Airport [KIA] junction to Mzimba turn off saying the road will be 11 meters wide, 2 meters will be reserved for pedestrians.

According to the Engineers, the road was divided into three phases: phase one from KIA Junction to Bua, second phase, from Bua to Jenda and third phase from Jenda to Mzimba turn-off. Thereafter, the same rehabilitation works will be done on the stretch from 6 Miles in Lilongwe to Nsipe in Ntcheu along the same M1 road.

Speaking during the opening of budget session for 2021/2022 financial year in Parliament, President Chakwera said his administration will expand the dual carriage way of the M1 road from Crossroads roundabout to Alimaunde in Kanengo and the dual carriage of the M1 road section between Lilongwe Hotel and Lilongwe CCAP road section.

Dr. Chakwera said the other road to be rehabilitated is Nsipe to Liwonde road and construction of Toll Plazas on the M1 Road at Chingeni in Ntcheu district and Kalinyeke in Dedza district.

He said the M7 Road will be upgraded from Dzaleka-Ntchisi-Mpalo-Malomo road to paved road covering a distance of 70 Kilometers as well as the M5 Balaka market-Kaphatenga-Dwangwa-Mukwiya in Nkhatabay.

The President said as Government’s effort to ensure quality infrastructure in the country, his administration, among other measures, is revising the National Construction Industry Act of 1996 and its subsidiary regulations to be in line with African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.

“…My Administration is determined to bring back the glory that our flagship airline once enjoyed before finalizing the establishment of the Malawi Civil Aviation Authority to regulate the Air-Transport sub sector…,’’ said Dr. Chakwera.

He added his Administration will resuscitate the Sena Corridor Railway from the port of Beira in Mozambique to Limbe, saying this will involve rehabilitation and upgrading of the 201 Km Limbe-Marka railway section. This project has also been commenced as of August 2021.


He stated that the project was part of Government’s efforts to reduce traffic congestion especially in the country’s cities.



Indeed, travelling between the City Centre and Shoprite in Lilongwe during peak hours makes one feel upbeat for this road expansion project.



However, the announcement last year did not receive much attention and excitement particularly because people became accustomed to hearing such promises from politicians which only turned out to be empty all the time.



However, it appears that with the Chakwera administration, Malawians can now reconfigure their trust in the government as the six-lane road project ground works are set to commence before September.

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Chakwera’s administration has outlined a number of ambitious road projects across the country saying good road network does not only ease mobility, but also catalyses development in a country.



Among other projects, Chakwera administration is determined to reconstruct the MI road from Kamuzu International Airport [KIA] junction to Mzimba turn off and from Kacheche in Mzimba to Chiweta in Rumphi at an estimated cost of 195 million Euros.



In 2015, the Louton Consultants of Scotland carried out feasibility study of the M1 road from Kamuzu International Airport [KIA] junction to Mzimba turn off saying the road will be 11 meters wide, 2 meters will be reserved for pedestrians.



According to the Engineers, the road was divided into three phases: phase one from KIA Junction to Bua, second phase, from Bua to Jenda and third phase from Jenda to Mzimba turn-off. Thereafter, the same rehabilitation works will be done on the stretch from 6 Miles in Lilongwe to Nsipe in Ntcheu along the same M1 road.



Speaking during the opening of budget session for 2021/2022 financial year in Parliament, President Chakwera said his administration will expand the dual carriage way of the M1 road from Crossroads roundabout to Alimaunde in Kanengo and the dual carriage of the M1 road section between Lilongwe Hotel and Lilongwe CCAP road section.



Dr. Chakwera said the other road to be rehabilitated is Nsipe to Liwonde road and construction of Toll Plazas on the M1 Road at Chingeni in Ntcheu district and Kalinyeke in Dedza district.



He said the M7 Road will be upgraded from Dzaleka-Ntchisi-Mpalo-Malomo road to paved road covering a distance of 70 Kilometers as well as the M5 Balaka market-Kaphatenga-Dwangwa-Mukwiya in Nkhatabay.



The President said as Government’s effort to ensure quality infrastructure in the country, his administration, among other measures, is revising the National Construction Industry Act of 1996 and its subsidiary regulations to be in line with African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.



“…My Administration is determined to bring back the glory that our flagship airline once enjoyed before finalizing the establishment of the Malawi Civil Aviation Authority to regulate the Air-Transport sub sector…,’’ said Dr. Chakwera.



He added his Administration will resuscitate the Sena Corridor Railway from the port of Beira in Mozambique to Limbe, saying this will involve rehabilitation and upgrading of the 201 Km Limbe-Marka railway section. This project has also been commenced as of August 2021.



The President stated his Administration will also finalize the construction works on a MK10 Billion port at Likoma island which will include a landing facility at Chizumulu island in addition to improvements of earth roads with Likoma community Island. 

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The President stated his Administration will also finalize the construction works on a MK10 Billion port at Likoma island which will include a landing facility at Chizumulu island in addition to improvements of earth roads with Likoma community Island. 

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