By Ireen Kayira
Minister of Transport and Public Works, Ralph Jooma has said the rehabilitation of M5 Lakeshore road from Salima turn off to Mzuzu through will cost K 120 billion.
The Minister said this in Parliament on Tuesday when responding to questions regarding his ministry and its development activities in various parts of the country.
He said K 120 billion is a lot of money which cannot accommodated in one financial year.
“To this effect we started marketing to potential financiers so that they can help us with the construction and we believe it will not be difficult to get one because the road has social and economic factors that financiers look at,” Jooma said.
He added that currently government through tax payer’s money has started tackling some sections of the road which are very challenging.
“This part is from Kaphatenga going all the way to Nkhatabay where few areas have single lane bridges and the road itself is not up to standard,” the Minister observed.
Jooma added that government assessed the cost from Kaphatenga in Nkhotakota to Dwangwa which is a very bad section and arrived at the figure of K 20 billion.
“Kaphatenga to Dwangwa is a stretch of about 60 kilometres so we have put up contractor who is doing the works and will do it in phases of a distance 20 kilometres per phase until the whole 60 kilometres is finished,” he told the house.
The Minister said the work would include replacing all the single bridges with proper double lane concrete bridges.
“All this has been done to reduce the cost so that if financiers see that they will be more willing to help since we have started reducing the cost,” he said.