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K7billion Lilongwe dual carriageway construction works launched

Written by  Tione Andsen
Mhango ground-breaks construction work of the dual carriageway in Lilongwe - Pic by Abel Ikiloni Mhango ground-breaks construction work of the dual carriageway in Lilongwe - Pic by Abel Ikiloni

Lilongwe, November 7, 2017: Government has described the upgrading of the K6.6 billion parliament roundabout to Bingu stadium road project to dual carriageway as a  milestone for the country’s’ transport sector development.

Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango said this Tuesday at Bingu National stadium open ground during the ground breaking ceremony for the upgrading to dual carriageway of the road from  Area 49- Area 18 and parliament road project in Lilongwe.

He said the upgrading of the road would ease the congestion of traffic the city is experiencing due to increase in volume of motor vehicles that are plying the road.

“We believe the upgrading of the roads will enable traffic users have a more moving space when coming or going to city centre from various locations of the city,” the Minister observed.

He said the road has been designed to incorporate modern safety features such as separation of motorized and non-motorized traffic.

“The upgrading of the road will improve safety of road users and reduce travel time motorist were enduring by using the road particularly during peak hours,” the Minister noted.

Mhango said government plans to expand the road network within the city and make sure issues of congestion by motorists are drastically reduced.

He said there were several roads within the city which needed to be upgraded to dual carriageways saying government is in the process of sourcing funds to implement such projects.

The Minister urged the contractor to work within the specified time frame of 12 months and operate within the budget.

Vice chair of the Road Fund Administration Mathews, Chikankheni said the project opens a new chapter of road funding for his organization.

He said this was the first time his organization has managed to provide road fund bond for its implementation.

“The innovation of using bonds to fund such projects would enable us have frequent maintenance intervention of the road,” Chikankheni explained.

Minister of local government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa, and Minister of Lands Housing and Urban Development, Anna Kachikho, Mayor of Lilongwe City and Desmond Bikoko were among top officials that graced the occasion.

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