The Ministry of Transport and Public Works last week started upgrading the long-awaited Tsangano -Neno-Mwanza road in Ntcheu from earth to bitumen.
The first phase, financed by the government of Malawi to a tune of K9.6 billion, will cover 21 kilometres from Tsangano Turn-off to Kambilonjo Trading Centre in Ntcheu.
Speaking last Thursday after visiting the site, Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango said he was happy that the construction of the road has finally started.
He said apart from linking Mwanza, Neno and Ntcheu, the road will enhance agriculture production since transport challenges will now be eradicated.
“There are many advantages of this road. As you know, Tsangano is rich in agriculture and currently farmers face transport challenges. When this road is completed, transportation will be easy,” said Mhango.
He also said Ntcheu District Council was looking into compensation for households affected by the project.
Traditional Authority (T/A) Mpando could not hide his excitement.
“This project is long overdue. People have waited for long for this road to be upgraded. It has been in very bad shape and it made life hard. Now that construction has started, I am very happy. I cannot wait for its completion,” he said.
MDF commander in chief Griffin Supuni Phiri said the defence force engineers are ready for the work.