Malawi government says it will use some resources saved from the Lilongwe bypass road and Limbe – Zomba road projects as well as the fuel levy fund to start construction of the Lilongwe City Dual Carriage Way from Biwi to Kanengo.
Minister of Transport, Public Works and Infrastructure Development, Francis Kasaila, disclosed in an interview that the road is in the budget for the 2015/2016 financial year and that construction will start during the year.
He said the full plan is to expand the M1 road through Lilongwe City from Bunda turn off roundabout to Kamuzu International Airport junction.
The project will also see the completion of the patch on the Presidential Drive from Area 18 round about to Parliament Building as well as improvement of the road between City Centre and Old Town.
He said government has asked the African Development Bank (AfDB) to allow it use some left over funds from the completed Lilongwe bypass and Zomba- Limbe roads for the proposed projects in Lilongwe.
“Other funds will come from fuel levy,” said Kasaila.
He could, however, not disclose how much will be spent on the ambitious projects that could address the worsening traffic situation in the capital city.
Kasaila said, however, that as soon as the budget is passed, his Ministry will advertise for bids from contractors for the projects.
“We hope to get the nod from AfDB soon. What I can assure Malawians is that the projects will start in the coming financial year,” said Kasaila
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