Government has revealed plans to upgrade the 45 kilometer Songwe Border Road within this year so that it should have four lanes.
Minister of Transport and Public Works honourable Francis Kasaila said this in a telephone interview on Tuesday, adding that funds for the road provided by the World Bank are available.
He said: “As government we have now the resources under the World Bank to upgrade the Songwe Border Road, which is one of the busiest and important roads in the country, and we will be sending the contractor to begin work within this year.
“I am, therefore, expected to visit the road next week on Monday to sort out some issues before the commencement of the work, because I am told that we have an issue to do with compensation with some people whose land would be within the road, so we need to compensate them before we can start facilitating the implementation of the project.”
Currently, the road has two lanes only.
Kasaila said apart from Songwe Border Road he will visit to some ongoing road projects in other districts of the Northern Region. Songwe Border Road connects Malawi to the neighbouring Tanzania.n