President Peter Mutharika has reiterated his plans to modernise Blantyre City by constructing by-pass roads within the city and expanding the Chileka International Airport.
Mutharika made the remarks yesterday during the ground breaking ceremony of the Clock Tower to Chileka Roundabout dual carriage.
“I will continue with the road network construction in Blantyre, Lilongwe as well as Mzuzu. In Lilongwe we are planning to construct a dual carriage from Parliament Building to Bingu National Stadium. I am determined to change the face of the cities in this country,” he said.
Mutharika said Chileka has a unique place in Malawi’s cultural heritage because it has produced the highest number of famous musicians. To recognise that, he said he would build a community college in the area.
“I want that community technical college to have a department of music to keep heritage. In fact, we will name the community college after one of the musicians.
“Let me also announce that we are planning to construct a tarmac road between Chileka Airport and Mpatamanga. This road will meet the Blantyre Bypass Road. This road will cross the Shire River at Mpatamanga Gorge and proceed to Mwanza,” he said.
The construction of the Clock Tower-Chileka Roundabout dual carriageway is expected to run for two years at the tune of K11 billion.
On Wednesday last week, during the ground breaking ceremony for the by-pass road from Chigumula, Soche-Quarry to Mpemba, Mutharika said he would ensure that government completes the construction of 186 kilometres of the by-pass roads within the city.
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