Government has warned United Gulf Construction Co (Ungcc) and Fargo Limited, a joint venture working on the Zomba-Jali-Phalombe-Chitakale Road, against compromising quality and time frames.
Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango issued the warning yesterday after touring the road to appreciate the progress of the works.
Sounding disappointed following delays to complete the project, Mhango reminded the contractor that the project started a long time ago. According to Roads Authority (RA), the construction started in 2005.
“I don’t want road projects that drag. I want this road completed in time because if you miss the deadlines, it means losses either to government or contractor. So, it is my plea that you should honour the contractual agreement and ensure you don’t compromise on quality,” he said.
Mhango assured the contractor that he would look into the issue of delayed payments.
“The road project has several sponsors and one of them had some problems with the conditions in the contract. But that issue has been ironed out and I will make sure this is resolved soonest and you are back to work in a week’s time,” he said.
In the afternoon, Mhango toured the dual carriageway from Maselema to Chiradzulu Turn Off in Blantyre being constructed by Mota Engil. The project has stalled for months with just a kilometre to go.
The minister said he is aware that the delay was caused by lack of funds for compensating people, but stressed that the money is now ready.
Ministry of Transport and Public Works acting director of constructions Sam Kadangwe said the remaining compensations are worth K90 million.
RA spokesperson Portia Kajanga said under contract agreements, contractors are not supposed to speak to the media.