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Six lane road on card in Lilongwe

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Ministry of Transport has announced that government is expected to construct a six-lane road from Parliament Roundabout to Biwi Triangle in Lilongwe that is expected to cost close to K14 billion.

Minister of Transport Sidik Mia disclosed this Wednesday in an interview on the sideline of President Lazarus Chakwera tour of the cloverleaf interchange project site in Lilongwe where he said he was impressed with the workmanship.

During the tour Chakwera reaffirmed his government’s commitment towards enhancing infrastructure development and improving the country’s transport sector as a base of economic development.

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“I am happy that the work is coming to an end and I am also happy that we have commitment that the decongestion is not just about the interchange but it is also connected to other development initiatives,” he said

The project was expected to be concluded by November 2019, a deadline was later shifted to February 2020 but both deadlines were missed.

Mia disclosed that Lilongwe city will wear a new face with a six lane road that will be constructed from Parliament Roundabout to old town as well as from Lilongwe Bridge to Biwi Triangle with funding from development partners.

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On the cloverleaf interchange, the Transport Minister disclosed that it will become fully operational in the next two weeks.

Roads Authority Chief Executive Officer, Emmauel Matapa, said in a separate interview that that with local funding, the government will construct another road from Lilongwe Hotel to Old Mchinji Roundabout, and extend to area 25 junction with funding from the Chinese government.

“For a six lane, we are looking at something from a range of K12 billion to K14 billion. I can assure you that for the interchange, there is value for money apart from transparency.

“When we are designing, we follow every specification of international standards. I am aware there could be bad apples but once they are found, there are punished,” he said.

The 1.2 kilometers Area 18 intersection cost K7.6 billion and is being funded through a bond with NBS Bank.

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