Blantyre City Council (BCC) says a team of technical experts will from next week start physical review of all structures targeted for the Operation Red Star before embarking on the actual exercise.
The council had initially ear-marked 131 buildings in Blantyre and Limbe central business districts (CBDs) for demolition, rehabilitation and painting, but the figure may change after the evaluation scheduled to start on June 15, 2015.
BCC deputy mayor Wild Ndipo said on Friday a task force comprising buildings’ experts would physically check buildings both inside and outside before making recommendations on the action to be taken.
Said Ndipo: “The task force will make recommendations on whether to completely pull down the structure and develop modern buildings or have them rehabilitated or indeed just make them wear new coat of paint.”
According to BCC director of town planning and estates services Costly Chanza, the task force will do the physical assessment in Limbe between June 15 and 19 before moving to Blantyre on June 22 to 26.
Meanwhile, the council met business owners and operators yesterday for an interactive session on the campaign, which was re-launched by President Peter Mutharika on February 23, 2015 after touring Blantyre and Limbe CBDs.