Minister of Transport and Public Works, Ralph Jooma has said the government was committed to ensuring that roads in the central region are upgraded to modern standard to ensure easy connection and transportation of goods.
He said this Monday in Mchinji when he launched the Mkanda-Kapiri road which is being implemented by Roads Authority (RA) and constructed by UNIK Construction.
Jooma said the 10-kilometre Mkanda-Kapiri-Road was being upgraded from gravel to bitumen standard to compliment the road from Mchinji Boma-Kawere to Mkanda which the government completed in 2019.
“The government constructed the road from Mchinji-Kawere to Mkanda in 2019, the continuation from Mkanda to Kapiri will help communities reduce the travel time of road users,” the Minister said.
He added that “This financial year alone, we have seven big projects in central region including Ntcheu to Kasinje, Ntchisi to Malomo, Nkhotakota-Msulira. We are constructing these roads because the government realizes that development cannot take place without good roads.”
Member of Parliament for Mchinji North East, Esther Majaza said the DPP government has brought development in her constituency which lacked in the area.
“Since I was elected as MP for the area last year, this is the second big project in the area, the first being Kapiri market and Bus depot construction currently underway. This shows the government’s commitment to improving infrastructure in the district,” she pointed out.
Senior Chief Dambe thanked the government for the road, saying upgrading of the road to the bituminous surface would ease problems of transporting farm inputs and produce to and from various markets.
“Kapiri and Mkanda are busy farming areas, we are grateful to the government for the road project which will enable people of the area to get employment,” he added
Chief Executive Officer for National Roads Authority (NRA) Engineer, Emmanuel Matapa said the road will be upgraded to an all-weather bitumen standard road and designed with an asphalt concrete surfacing.
The Mkanda-Kapiri road is a continuation of the S118 road from Mchinji Boma going eastwards.
The government through the Ministry of Transport and Public works has awarded a contract for the construction of the 10-kilometre road to Unik Construction pegged at K 4.3 billion.