Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) has rolled out a $16.4 million (about K21 billion) project to extend supply of water for domestic and industrial use in some parts of Mangochi.
SRWB board member Engineer Steve Mwanza, who is also chairperson of the board’s finance and projects committee, disclosed this on Tuesday during the handover of the site to the contractor at Nkhudzi Bay in Senior Chief Nankumba’s area in the district.
The project is jointly funded by Kuwait Fund International and Malawi Government.
“The project is targeting rural people who are living between Montfort Missionaries [Bishop’s House] and Mtakataka Turn-off on the road to Monkey-Bay,” said Mwanza.
He said the project seeks to improve access to potable water in the district.
Mwanza said the project is expected to reduce water challenges faced by holiday resorts and will boost the tourism sector in the district.
“At the moment, holiday resorts are using their own private schemes, but after the project all resorts will be connected to purified water supply system by the board,” he said.
The project will be jointly executed by Plem Construction Company and Alghanim International Construction Company from Kuwait.
In his remarks, Plem managing director Mohan Khrishnan said they are ready to do a good job within the specified 18 months.
“We are ready and eager to deliver quality and satisfying job,” he pledged.
The construction work will start in January 2021 and end in June 2022.
Upon completion, SRWB will extend water supply to 93 000 customers from the present 50 000.