Jooma said the tollgates are to help government raise funds for road maintenance across the country.
“We are currently able to raise about K30 billion only but the requirement is K60 billion for us to be able to maintain our roads, “said the Minister.
Jooma said that the project will start with two spots along the M1 road at Kalinyeke in Dedza and Chingeni in Balaka.
He said the intention was to roll out the tollgates by May for Dedza and September for Balaka this year, costing K2 billion.
When in operational, it is expected that the two tollgates will raise almost K5 billion each annually.
The Minister said Capital Hill was still identifying more spots to set up the toll gates such as the Lilongwe- Mchinji road route, Lilongwe-Salima, Blantyre-Mwanza, Liwonde-Mangochi and Limbe-Mulanje roads.
“These will be run on medium to long term basis based on the levels of traffic on that particular route,” he added.
Among other things, government wishes to encourage the electronic mode of payment so as to discourage the handling of cash and maximize revenue collection
Malawi is one of the few countries in the SADC region without tollgates.