Blantyre City Council (BCC), which recently signed a Public Private Partnership agreement with Kenyan construction firm Web Tribe to construct modern bus terminals, says the project is set to commence in April 2021.
The project is valued at about $2 million.
By setting up the new terminal, the council intends to intensify sanity and create an automated revenue management system that will see traffic wardens use the terminals as point-of-sale for the collection of parking fees in the city.
Director of Industry at Blantyre City Council Dennis Chinseu said the initiative would help improve revenue collection.
“We are engaging a number of stakeholders. We engaged the association of minibus drivers, for example, because they are important in ensuring the success of the project.
“We want all stakeholders to realise the importance of working with the council for the benefit of the city as a whole. In this case, this will also help us successfully end the disorder of revenue collection for minibuses in the city,” he said.
Minibus drivers chairperson at Mibawa Evance Galasi said the system would help ease tension among minibus operators.
Web Tribe Chief Executive Officer Danson Muchemi rated the project as a game-changer.
The terminals to be refurbished include Mibawa, Limbe, Chilobwe opposite Blantyre market and Blantyre Bus Stands.
Under the 10-year Build, Operate and Transfer agreement, the company will also rehabilitate structures at Limbe Bus Depot, Limbe Market car park and Blantyre Market car park.