Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) has started public hearings fgor the extension of $14.3 million (about K11 billion) Mangochi Potable Water Supply Project.
This follows the preparation and submission of the Environmental and Social and Impact Assessment (Esia) report for the project to the Malawi Environment Protection Agency, which suspended the project implementation in May this year following concerns of lack of Esia.
Speaking at the start of the hearings at Town Hall in Mangochi on Wednesday, SRWB acting director of infrastructure development Jacqueline Dias said the firm already did detailed designs, adding that the project is expected to be completed in 18 months.
An official from Water Waste Environment Consultants is currently unveiling findings of Esia to the public.
On Thursday, SRWB will conduct public hearings at Monkey Bay Community Development Centre in Mangochi and wind up in Lilongwe on Friday.
Upon completion of the project being jointly done by Alghanim and Plem Construction, SRWB will be supplying water from Bishop’s House to Mtakataka Turn-off where 92 842 people are expected to benefit.
The project is being financed by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.–Chikondi Chiyembekeza