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Lilongwe interchange to miss November deadline

Construction of a multibillion interchange at the Area 18 Round-about in Lilongwe is expected to miss its deadline, officials have said.

The revelation was made on Tuesday when Transport Minister Ralph Jooma toured the construction site to appreciate progress on the project.

Initially, the project was expected to be completed by November this year but, according to Roads Authority Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Matapa, it would now be completed in February.

Matapa said the delays were due to time taken to clear some areas including a cemetery on the site.

He added that the delays were also caused by works to remove water and sewer pipes from the site.

During the visit, it was established that the interchange will result in the demolition of Chimutu Primary School structures.

“We are confident that, by February next year, the project will be completed.

“We opted to demolish the school after noting that touching the glass house or the nearby hotel would have been an extremely expensive option,” Matapa said.

He was, however, quick to note that the government would build a new school to ensure that education was not affected.

Jooma said he was impressed with progress recorded on the project.

He added that the interchange would help ease congestion on the roads of Lilongwe.

The interchange is part of the upgrading to dual carriage of the Area 49- Area 18-Parliament Round -about Road and is being constructed by Mota Engil Enharia.

The dual carriage is expected to cost K6.7 billion while the interchange will cost taxpayers K4.9 billion.

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