Minister launches 553 million Chakazi Bridge construction project

Written by  Chimwemwe Milulu

Chakazi Bridge is the lifeline of thousands of people travelling from Euthini, Mbalachanda, Bulala, Endindeni and other surrounding areas to the main market, hospital and other facilities at Mzimba Boma and beyond.

The Make-shift footpath The Make-shift footpath

Since November 2017, after part of the bridge was washed away, vehicles have not been able to use the Kandodo Chisi-Chitapa Moyo Road that passes through the bridge which is the shortest route to and from Mzimba boma.

As outlined in the Transport Master Plan, 2018, on Rural Roads, and in line with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III, 2018, Government of Malawi has started phase one of the project.

‘‘Government has set aside a total of 553 million Kwacha in the 2018-19 fiscal year to finance the bridge project,’’ the Transport Minister, Jappie Mhango, said after officially launching the works.

‘‘The project is in two phases. The first phase involves demolition of the existing bridge structure and construction of diversions, while the second phase is the actual construction of the new bridge which will commence in July, 2018,’’ Mhango added.

Once completed, Chakazi Reinforced Concrete Bridge will ease the current challenges in the transportation of goods and services in this part of Mzimba District. Both phases of the project are being financed by government through fuel levy.

The road passes through farming areas where tobacco, maize and other strategic crops are grown.        

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