Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango, has said the government has advised Mota Engil, contractor of a dual carriage road from Parliament roundabout to Area 49, to modify some sections of the road as one way of addressing concerns people have raised.
This follows a debate on the structuring of the road, with some people criticising the shape and pavements of the road.
One of the residents of the capital, Mercy Lidaka- Moyo, said the road is not as impressive as some of the roads constructed in the Southern African Development Community region.
However, while saying that the ministry has advised the contractor to make some changes, Mhango asked Malawians to hold their patience.
“I have heard the concerns some Malawians have raised regarding the structuring of the road and the amount of taxpayers’ money to be spent on the four-kilometre dual carriage road. Malawians should wait for the road to be finished. That is when they will appreciate it,” Mhango said.
He said the K6.5 billion project would change the face of Lilongwe in particular and the country in general.
Roads Authority Chief Executive Officer, Emmanuel Matapa, said the road, which is being funded using locally generated resources, is on course although challenges abound.
He said some service providers are unwilling to relocate.
“Relocation of services is one of our concerns. However, the Roads Authority is engaging concerned service providers to relocate,” Matapa said.
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