UPGRADING OF NTCHEU - TSANGANO (S135) ROAD (LOT 1)
Pursuant to the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS III), 2018and the Transport Master Plan, 2018 which are both recent policy documents that articulates issues related to both economic growth and development in the Transport Sector, the Government of the Republic of Malawi is upgrading the Ntcheu-Tsangano-Neno-Mwanza road from earth/gravel to bituminous standard level.
The project will have many benefits to the people along the road and to the country as a whole. Some of the benefits will include;
5.1 Direct employment during construction
The people around the area of the road project will benefit by getting employed in various road activities by the Contractor. During project implementation and after, many businesses will mushroom along the project road and the communities will be empowered economically.
5.2 Reduction in Vehicle Operating Costs
Upgrading of the road will result in reduction of vehicle operating costs which constitutes the major benefit attributable to such new projects.
5.3 Reduction in Travel Time and Cost
The project will help reduce travel time from the agricultural areas between Ntcheu and Tsangano.
Passengers will now be paying less and spending less time on travel. Availability of buses and minibuses will greatly improve.
5.4 Road Maintenance costs
With the upgrading of this road to bitumen standard, maintenance costs of the road will be reduced greatly. Currently, funds are supposed to be allocated annually to carry out grading and other maintenance works on drainage.
The area where the road passes is an agricultural area for mainly Irish potatoes and maize. The upgrading of the road will ease problems of transporting farm inputs and produce to and from various markets.
5.6 Environmental and Health
The upgrading will reduce the occurrence of dust and mud along the project area and thereby improving sanitation which means reduction in the spread of diseases which are airborne or waterborne. This will reduce the cost of medicines which would have been required to treat the people affected. The upgrading of the road will allow the communities good access to health facilities in town especially for referral cases.