Malawi government has said it will spend about K39.6 billion to construct a road linking Lilongwe and Santhe in Kasungu.
Minister of Transport and Public Works Francis Kasaila said this in an interview yesterday.
“At the moment, the contractor, Mota Engil, has started working on the site. There are two camps on the road, one at the starting point of the road, near Old Airport and another at Kasiya,” he said.
Kasaila also said the contractor is currently working on an eight-kilometre stretch of the road.
“The road will be constructed in the next two and half to three years. It will be constructed using government resources,” he said.
According to Kasaila, government thought of constructing the road after noting hurdles people living along the road face.
“This road is of economic importance to Malawi. People grow crops such as maize, soya beans and many others, which will easily be transported to markets once the road is completed. The road will also be important as it will join three districts: Lilongwe, Mchinji and Kasungu,” he said.
The minister said government will be allocating resources for the road until construction is completed.
Kasaila also said government has facilitated the resumption of construction of Dowa road, which stalled about three years ago.
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