Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Transport Minister Hara Speaks on Poor Workmanship on Nsanje-Marka Road Construction


The Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure, Jacob Hara, has ordered a consultant and a contractor responsible for 25 kilometer Nsanje-Marka road, to rework on some sections of the road which he said were not done in satisfactory manner.

Part of the road currently being constructed by a Chinese Contractor, China Railway- 20 (CR-20), to the tune of MK11 billion, had been damaged by floodwater, a development that raised eyebrows among the citizens in the district who thought that was a result of poor workmanship.

But after touring the road on Thursday, Hara ordered the contractor to rework on some sections.

He expressed displeasure over some of the works done, saying “the waterways that have been provided for are failing.”

Hara also disclosed that a machine dubbed deflectometer would be dispatched to the district, to test the strength of the road before it is handed over to government saying the results will be known to the public.

“should the road fail the test it will affect their future consideration,” warned Hara.

Earlier, Traditional Authority Nyachikadza, District Commissioner, Dr. Medson Matchaya, and Member of Parliament for Nsanje South West, Euritta Ntiza, questioned the standard of some works done on the 11 billion kwacha road especially bridges and culverts, urging the Minister responsible to act.


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