The 1.8 billion city roads upgrading project, which is aimed at improving road networking in the city of Blantyre, was officially launched on Tuesday.
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa, who was the guest of honour, emphasised the need for standardised roads in the development of the country.
“When people talk about development in the city, one of the things that count most is the road network. When the city has three quarters of its roads without tarmac, then people might not differentiate it with any rural area,” he said.
Nankhumwa further spoke about the revamping of street lights in the city as a means of promoting security.
“Often times, residents in the cities have been complaining about lack of street lights at night, I am pleased to note that part of the development money the council received has gone into rehabilitation of street lights,” he said.
Mayor of Blantyre Noel Chalamanda explained that the rehabilitation of street lights has already commenced.
He said the contractor has already completed fixing lights from Old Kandodo Corner Shop to Kameza via Mbayani, Chirimba road, and work has already started on CI to Green Corner road,” he said.
The roads which are expected to be upgraded in Blantyre are Chilomoni ring road, Chimseu to Magalasi, Living Waters to Zion, Landrover Chirimba to Magalasi, Mugabe Highway to Mpingwe and Angelogoveya to Manje.
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