Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has embarked on the second phase of upgrading roads to bitumen standard as government has provided twice the anticipated financial allocation.
The city’s transport network is predominate by hugely potholed, earth roads
But MCC spokesperson Karen Msiska said the council, which initially anticipated K1.5billion for construction of three roads in the second phase, may construct more as it is scheduled to receive K3billion in this year.
The council also saved about K385million in the first phase which was marred by substandard roads, especially the shattered strip from Mzuzu Airport to Katawa via Chiputula which has catalysed a backlash from residents.
Construction works have already begun on the Bishop’s House-Mchengautuwa Road and SOS Road using the saving.
“The K3billion will be used to complete the two roads and works on more roads depending on what the full council resolves,” said Msiska.
Masasa ward councillor Yona Mkandawire, whose area is home to SOS Road, said the council should avoid compromising standards as was the case in the initial phase. n